Oklahoma man gets life for assault charges in beheading case

Alton Nolen
This March 21, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen, of Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma jury has recommended multiple life sentences on assault and battery charges for a man who beheaded a co-worker in 2014, though he still faces the death penalty for his murder conviction.

Alton Nolen was convicted Friday for killing one co-worker and trying to kill another at a food processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

KWTV reports jurors agreed Monday that Nolen should serve three life sentences plus 130 years in prison on charges stemming from his attack on the co-worker who survived.

The sentencing phase is pending on the murder charge stemming from the death of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford.

Investigators said Nolen had just been suspended from his job at the Vaughan Foods plant when he walked inside the company’s administrative office and attacked his co-workers.


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