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Jury finds former TPD officer guilty of manslaughter, recommends 15-year sentence

After three mistrials, a jury has found former Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Jeremey Lake. (Tulsa County Jail)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- After three mistrials, a jury has found former Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Jeremey Lake.

The jury recommends 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine.

In all four times, Kepler testified that he believed Lake was armed and shot him in self-defense. Neither police nor witnesses ever found a gun at the scene or in Lake's possessions.

Kepler spent more than two hours on the stand Wednesday. He said he left the scene without calling police because he didn't have enough bullets to protect himself when things became chaotic. At the time, Kepler was a longtime officer. He has since retired.

Kepler's daughter, Lisa Kepler, once again testified against her father. Lake was her boyfriend at the time he was killed.

Closing arguments began Wednesday afternoon and deliberations began shortly after 5 p.m. A verdict was reached at 11:40 p.m.

This was the fourth time that Kepler had gone to trial for murder and for the first time jurors had the option of considering a lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Kepler is scheduled for formal sentencing Nov. 20.

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