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"I wish I could take that day back, but I can’t," Sheppard said. "I apologize to the whole Samora family. I hope that by testifying it made things a little easier on them."
Over the course of the case, Sheppard has spent 1,425 — or nearly four years — behind bars.
In granting probation, the judge ordered Sheppard be supervised for five years, rather than the normal probationary period of three years, and stressed that the probation was "zero-tolerance." That means Sheppard will go to prison for up to 20 years if he in any way violates the terms of his probation.
Sheppard was initially charged with first-degree counts of murder and obstruction of justice, as well as third-degree felony discharge of a weapon from a vehicle.
He pleaded guilty to a lesser count of manslaughter and a third-degree felony count of illegal discharge of a firearm.
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