Judge sentences ex-cop Shannon Kepler to 15 years in prison for manslaughter
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A former Tulsa police officer who faced four separate juries before being convicted of manslaughter was sentenced to more than a decade in prison Monday.
At the jury's recommendation, the judge handed down a 15-year sentence to Shannon Kepler. He was convicted in October of first-degree manslaughter for the 2014 shooting death of Jeremey Lake, his daughter's boyfriend.
It took four trials for a jury to convict Kepler. He first went to trial for first-degree murder in late 2016, but that trial ended in a hung jury. His next two trials also ended in mistrials before a jury found him guilty on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Prosecutors maintained throughout the trials that Kepler sought out the unarmed Lake, but Kepler says it was in self-defense.
The first jury found Kepler guilty on two counts of reckless conduct with a firearm. He was sentenced to a year in prison for those convictions.
Kepler must serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He must also pay a $10,000 fine.