Ex-Oklahoma police officer gets 25 years in 2014 murder
Federal Judge Sentenced Former Oklahoma Police Officer To 25 Years For The 2014 Murder Of Her Daughter’s Boyfriend
TULSA, Oklahoma. – A former Oklahoma police officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday for the 2014 murder of her daughter’s boyfriend after being convicted of second degree murder the fifth time he was tried in that case.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell sentenced Shannon Kepler, 61, to 300 months in prison followed by three years on probation. He also ordered Kepler, a former Tulsa police officer, to pay restitution to cover the cost of a gravestone for Jeremey Lake, who was 19 when Kepler killed him.
“Kepler, at the time, swore to uphold the law, but instead made a series of decisions that led to the young man’s murder,” US Attorney Clint Johnson said in a statement. “Today’s 25-year sentence offers a measure of justice to Mr. Lake’s family, although I know their recovery continues.”
Kepler’s attorney, Stan Monroe, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the sentence. He had previously indicated that Kepler planned to appeal his conviction.
Kepler said during his trial that he fired in self-defense because he believed Lake had pointed a handgun at him. No firearms were found at the scene.
There was also an underlying racial stream to the trials. Kepler killed Lake, who was black, days before a white policeman killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking protests and stoking the nationwide debate over the military‘s treatment of blacks. order.
The trial was Kepler’s fifth, but the only one on federal charges. His first three murder trials in state court ended with suspended juries. The fourth trial ended with a conviction for manslaughter and a 15-year prison sentence, but the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned that conviction based on a State Supreme Court ruling. United who found that Oklahoma does not have jurisdiction over crimes that occur on tribal reservations in which the accused or the victims are tribal citizens.
Kepler is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and the shooting took place on land in the tribal historic reserve.