Former Oklahoma officer accused of murder sentenced on weapons charges
TULSA, Okla. – A former Oklahoma police officer whose murder trial in the shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend ended in a hung jury has been sentenced to one year in prison for weapons convictions in the case.
Shannon Kepler was sentenced Monday after a jury convicted him last week on two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct with a firearm.
Kepler was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake.
Prosecutors say Shannon Kepler confronted his daughter’s boyfriend, 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, who was walking with Kepler’s daughter.
According to the police report, Kepler and Lake argued before Kepler fired three shots at his daughter and Lake.
Lake was shot and killed, but Kepler’s daughter was not injured.
Kepler, who later retired from the Tulsa police force, argued that he acted in self-defense.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge, but convicted him on the weapons charges.
A Feb. 6 trial has been set for Kepler’s new murder trial.