Prison term on weapons charges for ex-cop accused of murder

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Posted: Nov 14, 2016 1:21 PM

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.