White Tulsa Cop Convicted Of Killing Daughter’s Black Boyfriend
A white police officer from Tulsa, Oklahoma has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter, after fatally shooting his daughter’s African American boyfriend while off-duty.
According to CBSnews, this is the fourth time he’s been tried for the 2014 incident, as juries in three previous trials were unable to decide whether or not to find him guilty of murder.
57-year-old Shannon Kepler was found guilty of this lesser charge for killing 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, who had recently begun Kepler’s then-18-year-old daughter, Lisa.
Kepler reportedly followed his daughter to the area where she was visiting with Lake, and watched the two from a nearby parked SUV before jumping out of the car, confronting them, and killing the young man. Kepler claimed that Lake had pulled a semi automatic weapon from his pocket — for no reason at all it seems — and kept reaching for it each time he shot him. Investigators, of course, found no weapons on the scene and Lake didn’t even own a gun of any kind, much less a semi-automatic.
The jury has recommended a sentence of 15 years in prison, but it will be interesting to see how much time he actually gets, if any, for this unprovoked “manslaughter.”