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Oklahoma County District Court sentences man to 25 years in 2012 shooting

Avery Eugene Myers, 18, pleaded guilty in Oklahoma County District Court to eight counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Myers wounded eight people, one of them critically, after opening fire in Bricktown after an Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game in May 2012.
by Matt Dinger Published: June 6, 2014
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photo - Police walk from a shooting scene in Bricktown after a Thunder playoff game early on May 22, 2012, in Oklahoma City. The shooting led to the end of the watch parties during Thunder games.  Photo by  Sarah Phipps,  The Oklahoman Archives   SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS
Police walk from a shooting scene in Bricktown after a Thunder playoff game early on May 22, 2012, in Oklahoma City. The shooting led to the end of the watch parties during Thunder games.<252,1>Photo by <252,1>Sarah Phipps,<252,1> The Oklahoman Archives SARAH PHIPPS - SARAH PHIPPS

The shooter who fired into a crowd after a 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game and wounded eight people has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Avery Eugene Myers, 18, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty this week in Oklahoma County District Court to eight counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Myers will also be on probation for 10 years after being released from prison and was ordered to pay $29,347.11 in restitution to the victims. The sentences will run concurrently with credit for time served.

Myers was originally charged with eight counts of shooting with intent to kill, but pleaded late Thursday to the lesser charges in a plea deal with prosecutors. Myers had faced up to life in prison.

“We’ve consulted with the victims in this case, and we think it’s a very just sentence,” Oklahoma County First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said.

Myers’ trial was set to start Monday. Prosecutors said they had not expected Myers to accept a plea agreement.

“The case is over two years old, and there hasn’t been any indication of accepting a plea agreement until the 11th hour,” Rowland said.

Myers was 16 years old when he opened fire into a Bricktown crowd on May 21, 2012, after a playoff game between the Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Witnesses said that prior to the shooting, Myers had been at a watch party beside Chesapeake Energy Arena in an area known as Thunder Alley. The shooting occurred just a few blocks away from the arena.


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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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We’ve consulted with the victims in this case, and we think it’s a very just sentence.”

Scott Rowland,
Oklahoma County First Assistant District Attorney

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