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Prison time ordered after manslaughter plea

A Lawton man slated to be tried for second-degree murder next week has been sentenced to serve 12 years in jail after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Court records show Kenneth B. Nobles, 19, appeared in district court Wednesday to plead guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter and one count of feloniously pointing a firearm pertaining to the May 13, 2013, assault that left 35-year-old Johnathan Shepherd dead. 

Nobles had previously been charged with murder and assault with a dangerous weapon, but the state amended the charges prior to Wednesday's plea. Nobles was sentenced to 20 years with eight years suspended and fined $1,000 for the manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years with a $1,000 fine for the gun pointing. Additionally, he was ordered to pay $2,446.39 in restitution.

As previously reported, Nobles and Carlos Melendez-Salazar were arrested following the shooting, which happened in the 1300 block of Northwest Taylor Avenue.  Authorities alleged Nobles and Melendez-Salazar pulled up to find Shepherd helping two men tow a vehicle from the driveway and opened fire, striking Shepherd in the abdomen. Defense attorneys previously claimed the shooting happened on the Nobles family's property as his mother was being terrorized by the victim and his two friends as her property was being destroyed. 

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