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Man who pleaded guilty to accessory to murder in 'thrill kill' of baseball player released

James Francis Edwards Jr., 21, was released from prison and placed on GPS monitoring Sept. 27. (Oklahoma DOC)

A man who pleaded guilty to accessory to murder in the "thrill kill" of a baseball player in Duncan has been released from prison.

James Francis Edwards Jr., now 21, was released from prison Sept. 27 just over two years after he pleaded guilty to accessory to murder in the death of Chris Lane. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections reports that Edwards met all the criteria for the GPS monitoring program. He will spend the next 9-10 months on GPS tracking and will be eligible to go on probation afterwards.

Edwards was just 15 when Lane, an Australian native, was shot and killed while running alongside the road in 2013 in Duncan.

Edwards was in a vehicle with fellow teenagers Michael Jones and Chancey Luna when Lane was shot and killed. Local police called the murder a "thrill kill" because the teens were allegedly bored and decided to kill someone.

Edwards was the last of the teens to be sentenced and in 2016 pleaded guilty to a charge of being an accessory to murder after agreeing to testify against Jones and Luna. He received a 25-year sentence, with 10 years suspended. He was also given credit for nearly three years of time served.

Luna was convicted of first degree murder in the case while Jones pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

Lane held a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada and was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan when he was killed.

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