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Fmr. Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler sentenced to 1 yr. in jail for misdemeanor charge

Posted at 5:58 AM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 20:51:06-05

TULSA – A judge sentenced former Tulsa police officer on misdemeanor charges, while also setting a new date for his murder trial.

Shannon Kepler has been held in Tulsa County Jail without bond after a jury struggled to find him unanimously guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend, Jeremey Lake, in 2014.

A judge sentenced Kepler to one year in jail for two counts of reckless conduct with a firearm.

Kepler is expected to have a $100,000 bond combined for each misdemeanor count, so $50,000 per count.

Overall, Kepler has been charged with two counts of shooting with intent to kill but the charges were later reduced to reckless conduct. Last week the jury deliberated for more than nine hours and eventually the judge declared a mistrial.

Kepler’s attorney Richard O'Carroll was not satisfied with the jury's verdict, while district attorney Steve Kunzweiler said he would press for a retrial.

A new trial date was set in regards to the murder count Kepler faced. That date was set for February 6, 2017. 

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