A white former Oklahoma police officer has finally been convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of his daughter’s black boyfriend.
Ex-Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler has now been sentenced to 15 years in prison after jurors deliberated 6+ hours and reached a verdict for a lesser charge late Wednesday in his first-degree murder trial.
Kepler was an off-duty 24-year-police veteran at the time when he shot 19-year-old Jeremey Lake who was walking with his daughter Lisa Kepler on August 5, 2014.
His attorneys have previously said he was trying to protect his daughter, while Kepler claimed he fired in self-defense because Lake was armed with a semi-automatic weapon. (Yeah right )
Police didn’t find any weapon on Lake or at the scene. According to THE DAILY MAIL,Lisa Kepler was 18 years old when she met Lake while he was volunteering at a homeless shelter where she was staying.
She told the court her parents dropped her off at the shelter in July 2014 after she had been sneaking out at night and acting out.
After a few weeks, Lake offered her a place to stay at the home he shared with his aunt, she testified.
She said on the day of the shooting, she and Lake were passing out water bottles to the homeless before walking back to his aunt’s home.
She testified that she noticed her father’s SUV parked out front and that he started asking her questions.
She said her father asked what she was doing in the neighborhood, but she couldn’t remember how she responded, she testified.
Kepler said he was trying to protect his daughter because she was living in a crime-ridden neighborhood.
Lake’s aunt said her nephew was reaching out to shake Kepler’s hand to introduce himself when Kepler fired his weapon.’
Jurors in the previous three trials had deadlocked 11-1, 10-2 and 6-6, forcing the judge to declare mistrials. Although they couldn’t agree on the murder charge, jurors in the first trial convicted Kepler of recklessly using his firearm.
Foreign or Domestic, Young or Old, Male or Female, I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again….You are likely playing with fire and it’s a fire that you can’t put out. This was another teenager who died at the hands of a White Woman, who didn’t even have to scream rape. These two were dating and that father felt threatened by what? There was clearly no weapon on the scene. This man was more than likely only threatened by another “unsaid weapon” but this also goes to show these Mixed, Bi-Racial people who tend to be in denial about racism that it is still live and open today and it isn’t far removed from happening to you, and Unfortunately, this young man’s life was snuffed out because of it.