A former Tulsa police officer, Shannon Kepler, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after facing four separate juries before being convicted of manslaughter.
The judge handed him a 15-year sentence by the juries’ sanction. In October, Kepler got convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the shooting death of Jeremey Lake who was his daughter’s boyfriend in 2004.
There had to be four trials before the jury was able to convict Kepler. The first trial was held in late 2016 which ended in a hung jury, the next two trials also ended in a hung jury before he was finally found guilty by the jury in a lesser charge of manslaughter.
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 an invalid. His next two trials also ended in mistrials before a jury found him guilty on the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Prosecutors retained during the trials that Kepler sought out to murder the unarmed victim but Kepler said it was in self-defense.
The first jury found Kepler guilty on two counts of reckless conduct with a firearm and he was sentenced to a year in prison.
Kepler must serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole. He must also pay a $10,000 fine.