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UPDATE: Acton man gets 40 years to life in shooting

Posted: August 1, 2014 11:56 a.m.
Updated: August 1, 2014 4:53 p.m.

A 57-year-old Acton man was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison for shooting the owner of a water company to death during a dispute involving a water truck blocking a street.

Scott Russell Shipley pulled a gun and shot Acton Water Co. owner Christopher Lawrence Demyen on May 15, 2013, after the two argued about a water company truck that had parked on Shipley’s street, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Shipley was convicted April 25 of second-degree murder, said District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.

Shipley likely will spend the rest of his life in prison, since he must serve at least 40 years before being eligible for parole, Santiago said.

On the day of the shooting, Shipley was driving to his home on Eagle Butte Road, a small dirt road in Acton, when he saw an Acton Water Co. truck parked in front of a neighbor’s home, filling a pool, according to a District Attorney’s news release.

Shipley called Demyen to complain the truck was blocking access to his home and left his own truck in the street, blocking the water truck, the release said.

He then walked to his house and retrieved a gun, Santiago said.

When Demyen arrived on Eagle Butte to talk to Shipley, an argument ensued. Shipley pushed Demyen, and the two began fighting, a witness testified at Shipley’s trial.

“Shipley pulled out the gun and shot the victim in the chest,” Santiago said in the news release. Demyen, a father of two, had owned the Acton Water Co. for 10 years.

Signal Staff Writer Hector Gonzalez contributed to this report.
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