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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City man has been convicted in a killing that prosecutors described as “vigilante justice.”

The Oklahoman reports that 36-year-old Adrian Escajeda was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in the December 2016 death of 21-year-old Ulises Lopez, his girlfriend’s half brother.

Escajeda says he went to beat up Lopez for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl, but the confrontation escalated. Police say Lopez was found dead in his Oklahoma City bedroom with duct tape around his head, a belt around his neck and a plastic zip tie around one wrist.

Prosecutors describe the death as a “torture killing.”

Prosecutors say Escajeda and his girlfriend, Della Marie Nichols, fled to Mexico following the killing. Nichols will be tried for first-degree murder charges in April.


Information from: The Oklahoman,