TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A former police officer in Oklahoma has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend. Tulsa District Judge Sharon Holmes sentenced former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler on Monday in the 2014 killing of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler is white and Lake was black. Kepler was convicted of first-degree manslaughter last month after juries deadlocked in three earlier trials.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes that struck near a central Oklahoma town. Both temblors hit just east of the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond early Sunday. The first quake had a preliminary magnitude of 3.7 and struck at 2:12 a.m. The second quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 2.9, followed soon after, hitting at 2:20 a.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The attorney for a former state senator charged with producing and transporting child pornography says his client will plead guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for U.S. prosecutors dropping three other child pornography charges against him. Ex-state Sen. Ralph Shortey's attorney Ed Blau confirmed the details of the plea agreement to The Oklahoman on Friday. Blau told the newspaper Shortey wants to put the "painful and humiliating ordeal behind him."
DEWITT, Ark. (AP) - Officials say a medical helicopter has crashed in eastern Arkansas, killing all three people on board. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms the helicopter went down Sunday night near the Arkansas County town of DeWitt, about 60 miles southeast of Little Rock. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to DeWitt when it crashed. Lunsford says no patients were on board.
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