Death sentenced handed down for Oklahoma officer’s killer
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man was formally sentenced Friday to death for killing an Oklahoma police officer.
A Pottawatomie County judge handed down the sentence recommended by a jury in November for Byron James Shepard, 38, of Okemah.
An appeal of the sentence is automatic.
Defense attorneys had argued the shooting was unintentional, but prosecutors said Shepard shot Terney in an effort to avoid going to jail.
Authorities said Shepard was a passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation and ran away when Terney learned of an arrest warrant for Shepard. Authorities said the two eventually shot each other.
Terney died the following day while Shepard recovered.