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Ex-Oklahoma Gov. David Hall dies at age 85 in California

Ex-Oklahoma Gov. David Hall dies at age 85 in California ( Courtesy of Oklahoma Government www.ok.gov)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The family of former Oklahoma Gov. David Hall says the 85-year-old Hall has died at a California hospital.

Hall's daughter -- Julie Martin -- says Hall was already in the hospital when he died Friday after suffering a stroke. Martin says Hall was surrounded by his wife, Jo Evans Hall, and three children when he died.

Hall served one term as governor of Oklahoma from 1971-75 and was indicted on federal racketeering and extortion charges three days after leaving office. He was later convicted of bribery and extortion and served 19 months of a three-year sentence.

He continued to maintain his innocence and wrote a book about his experience.

Martin says her father would always speak fondly of his time as governor, despite the circumstances of his exit.


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