Man sentenced in slaying of Ohio choir director

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting a southwest Ohio church choir director has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 23 years.

Thirty-two-year-old Shawn Wood was convicted this month of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, grand theft motor vehicle and weapons charges in Corey Turner's death. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. says Wood was sentenced Tuesday in the December 2011 slaying.

Wood's attorney, Jeremiah Denslow, says Wood maintains his innocence and will appeal.

The 39-year-old choir director at Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dayton was found shot in the head in his apartment.

Authorities couldn't locate Wood for a year after Turner's slaying. They said they found items including Turner's car and credit cards in Wood's possession.

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