TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma police officer whose murder trial in the shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend ended in a hung jury has been sentenced to one year in prison for weapons convictions in the case.
Shannon Kepler was sentenced Monday after a jury convicted him last week on two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct with a firearm.
Kepler was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake and shooting of his daughter and Lake's brother. Kepler subsequently resigned as a Tulsa police officer.
Kepler claimed self-defense. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge, but convicted him on the weapons charges.
A Feb. 6 trial has been set for Kepler's new murder trial.
Sallisaw man drowns in a Le Flore County rock quarry
COWLINGTON, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a 21-year-old Sallisaw man has drowned while swimming in a rock quarry in Le Flore County.
An OHP report says the body of Jacob Lewis was recovered in 19 feet of water Sunday morning after he disappeared in the water Saturday afternoon.
The report says Lewis and another person were swimming across the quarry when Lewis began to struggle. The other swimmer tried to grab him, but was unable to hold him.
The report says Lewis wasn't wearing a flotation device and disappeared beneath the surface.