LANCASTER – A 57-year-old man was sentenced in an Antelope Valley courtroom Friday for shooting to death the owner of the Acton Water Company after a verbal argument over where the water truck was parked.
Scott Russell Shipley was sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison for killing 39-year-old Christopher Demyen, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Shipley was found guilty on April 25 of second-degree murder; the jury also found true an allegation that Shipley intentionally discharged his firearm when he shot Demyen to death last year.
On May 15, 2013, Shipley was driving on a small dirt road toward his house on Eagle Butte Road when he saw an Acton Water Company truck parked in front of a neighbor’s house filling up a pool.
Unable to drive through, the Shipley called the owner of the company, Christopher Demyen, to complain. Shipley told Demyen he would be leaving his truck to block the company truck, and then Shipley walked to his house where he retrieved a gun, according to testimony during trial.
A witness testified that when Demyen arrived at the scene to talk to Shipley, the two men got into an argument.
Shipley told Demyen, “hit me and see what you get,” according to court testimony.
Shipley then pushed Demyen, a fight ensued and Shipley pulled out the gun and shot Demyen in the chest, the prosecutor said.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, Palmdale Station.
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