A 63-year-old man from Tulsa, Oklahoma was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole on Tuesday. Earlier this month, he was convicted of murder and a hate crime for shooting his Lebanese neighbor.
Stanley Vernon Majors found himself behind the bars for fatally gunning down 37-year-old Khalid Jabara outside of his own front porch in Tulsa in 2016, after throwing racial insults at him. Majors was accused of a murder charge and later received a life sentence.
Randall Hardee, the jury foreman, told The Tulsa World that the jury agreed that on one hand Majors had mental issues, but on the other hand, he did realize the consequences of his actions. For several years, Majors antagonized the Jabara family and expressed his hatred in public. His attitude towards the Lebanese family lasted for many years.
Haifa Jabara, the victim’s mother, obtained a protective order in 2013. The order required Majors to stay 300 yards away from the Jabara family members and prohibited him to carry any weapons until 2018. This did not stop Majors. In 2015, he struck Haifa Jabara with his truck causing her shoulder and other body injuries. He was stopped by police officers and reported as intoxicated. According to the prosecution, Majors fatally shot Jabara when he was out on $60,000 bond awaiting trial in the case of the assault and battery charges.
The victim’s family did not attend the hearing on Tuesday and submitted a letter to District Judge Sharon Holmes, saying that the defendant is not worthy of any more attention. Majors kept silence while hearing his sentence. The defense attorneys informed the court that Majors had dementia and long-term memory loss problems which caused them difficulties for preparing a defense.
Additionally, Majors has a history of a felony conviction for threatening case with intent to terrorize in California in 2009.