Oklahoma lawmakers call for independent probe into case of man sentenced to death

June 21, 2021

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirty-four lawmakers are asking Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board for an independent investigation into the conviction of death-row inmate Richard Glossip.

Glossip was twice sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City hotel where Glossip worked as a resident manager.

Justin Sneed, the maintenance man at the motel, pleaded guilty to the murder and testified against Glossip. Sneed admitted to robbing and beating Van Treese with a baseball bat but said he did so only after Glossip promised to pay him $10,000.

Sneed was sentenced to life without parole.

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