CARTER COUNTY, OK -- James Eric Parker was back in an Ardmore courtroom Thursday morning, this time wearing jailhouse orange and leg shackles.
Parker was found guilty of capitol murder in the 2006 shooting of a Dickson man. On Thursday, Parker was formally sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole plus thirty years on kidnapping and burglary charges.
His defense team has already filed an appeal with the state. It is possible he could get a whole new trial, depending on what the appeals court decides.
"I’m just confident with where we are. I think the judge made some very good rulings.
I think we made a good solid record, and I expect we'll do well on appeal. I hope that it will be affirmed. I certainly don't have any reason to think that it won't be affirmed," district attorney Craig Ladd said.
Attorneys say the appeals process could easily take over a year.