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Officer who allegedly killed daughter’s boyfriend seeks new trial

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Shannon Kepler

TULSA, Okla. – A judge has rejected a new trial request by a former Tulsa police officer convicted on two misdemeanor charges in the shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend.

A motion to merge the convictions into one is pending.

Shannon Kepler was convicted Nov. 11 on two counts of reckless conduct with a firearm, but the jury couldn’t agree on a first-degree murder charge in the 2014 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake. Judge Sharon Holmes ordered Kepler to serve two six-month sentences for a total of a year in jail.

Holmes on Monday rejected a motion for a new trial, but said she’ll consider whether the convictions should be one crime, reducing the sentence to six months.