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.