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