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Palmdale man sentenced to 40 years for killing man over parking spot

Scott Russell Shipley was sentenced Aug. 1 to 40 years to life in state prison for the May 2013 killing of the owner of the Acton Water Co., according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

According to Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas Trainor, a jury on April 25 found Shipley, 57, guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Christopher Lawrence Demyen.

Demyen, 39, was shot and killed May 15, 2013, in the 1500 block of Eagle-Butte Road in Acton, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Demyen and Shipley, both white men, had gotten into an argument over where Demyen had parked his water truck.

Unable to drive through to his Eagle-Butte Road home, Shipley parked his truck blocking Demyen's, walked home and retrieved a gun, according to testimony given at the trial.

When he returned, the two men got into a verbal argument that turned into a physical altercation. At some point, Shipley pulled his gun and shot Demyen in the chest.

-- Maloy Moore

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