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Judge affirms life prison sentence stemming from Apache man's slaying

A man accused of murder in 2016 unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw his guilty plea on Wednesday. 

Joshua Codynah, 29, of Apache, avoided trial during the October-November jury docket by entering guilty pleas in September to four charges. On Wednesday Codynah changed his mind and took the stand before Comanche County District Judge Emmit Tayloe. 

Codynah requested to withdraw his plea; then the attorneys presented their opposing arguments. Tayloe denied the motion and confirmed Codynah's sentence, which the judged ordered in December. 

Codynah was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of 27-year-old Michael Mithlo Jr., of Apache, as well as first-degree burglary, child neglect and assault with a deadly weapon following an incident that occurred Aug. 8, 2016, at an apartment in northwest Lawton. 

Last month Tayloe sentenced Codynah to life in prison for the murder charge. The Department calculates a life sentence at 45 years, and Codynah must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence, or 38 years and three months, to be eligible for parole. Codynah was sentenced to serve an additional 15 years for the assault charge, and the 15 years will run consecutively to the life term.

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