Tulsa, Oklahoma (AP) — A former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of a second murder in a deadly shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend, but a federal jury acquitted him of the first murder. It was made.
A jury said Monday that Shannon Kepler, 60, was “guilty of shooting with a gun in the second murder of Lake Jeremy.” He was also found guilty of assault for shooting and injuring Lake’s brother.
Former Tulsa police officers face life imprisonment for murder and 10 years for assault. Under federal guidelines, sentences cannot be provided at the same time.
Attorney Stan Monroe said Kepler would appeal.
“Because he’s 60, there’s a good chance he’ll spend the rest of his life in jail,” Monroe said. “He will continue to fight … appeal after the judgment hearing and we will see what the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals says,” Monroe said.
Testifying on Friday, Kepler said he fired in self-defense because he thought Lake had pointed his pistol at him. No gun was found on the scene.
Monroe claimed that someone removed the weapon and it could be a gun found in a trash can in a police interview room a few days later. Police have not identified how the gun entered the trash. FBI agents said the weapon was tracked to a tornado-stricken house in Moore, Oklahoma in 2013.
The trial was Kepler’s fifth time. The first three state trials of his murder ended with a jury hanging, and the fourth trial ended with manslaughter. belief And a 15-year sentence.
Oklahoma Criminal Appeals Court Turned over Its conviction under the US Supreme Court Arbitrage Oklahoma has no jurisdiction over crimes in the tribal settlement where the defendant or victim is a tribal citizen.
Kepler is a citizen of the Mascorgi (Creek) state, and shootings took place on land within the tribal’s historic reserve.
Kepler was charged with one and two murders and assaults in federal court in November in anticipation of overturning the manslaughter conviction.
The jury convicted him of murder and assault for the second time.