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Sizemore murder conviction upheld

Published: Dec. 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM CST
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Justin Sizemore (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Justin Sizemore (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Kristyn Hoffpauir (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)
Kristyn Hoffpauir (Source: Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of Justin Robert Sizemore in connection with the June 2010 shooting of a Leesville man.

Justin Sizemore and Kristyn Hoffpauir, both of Lecompte, were arrested in June 2010 after the body of Christopher Hoffpauir was found in a ditch on Garwood Busby Road in Vernon Parish.

After Sizemore's first two trials ended in a hung jury and mistrial, he was found guilty of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. Sizemore was sentenced to life in prison without parole on charges of second-degree murder and 25 years on the conspiracy conviction. Sizemore filed appeals on both convictions, but the court rejected all appeals.

Kristyn Hoffpauir, Christopher Hoffpauir's ex-wife, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, conspiracy to commit manslaughter and obstruction of justice. She later testified against Sizemore. According to the Leesville Leader, Kristyn was sentenced to 55 years in June 2011.

Kristyn Hoffpauir said in her testimony that Sizemore shot Christopher Hoffpauir multiple times.

KPLC will have more on later editions.

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