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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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missyJk: Posted: August 1, 2014 3:07 p.m.

40 years because someone instead of calling the sheriff (blocking ones driveway is illegal) someone lost their life and another might as well have, 40 years to very sad

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 1, 2014 3:28 p.m.

what a waste of both lives.

Unreal: Posted: August 1, 2014 4:50 p.m.

Common courtesy.

"Hi, how's it going? Could you please move the truck so I can get in my driveway."

"Oh sure, sorry, I'll move it right now".

Unreal: Posted: August 1, 2014 5:00 p.m.

The LA Times story says that the water truck was filling up a pool at his neighbors and that he called the owner of the truck to complain and said he was going to block the truck with his car. He then walked to his house to get a gun. He met the owner of the truck and according to witness this Shipley guy pushed the victim and the verbal fight turned into a fist fight and Shipley pulled the gun.

No wonder no plea bargain for this guy. He was a hot head looking for trouble.
He had plenty of time to think about what he was doing.

boneshark: Posted: August 4, 2014 12:29 p.m.

Another rocket scientist who thought he could solve a problem by going to get his gun. He should have been convicted of first degree murder rather than second degree as his actions were premeditated by him going to get his gun which he intended to use on the victim. But it doesn't really matter because he'll have the rest of his life to ponder his actions behind bars. Rot well scumbag!

johnnyrock: Posted: August 4, 2014 4:44 p.m.

What a dumb butt. Two lives ruined.

Unreal: Posted: August 5, 2014 11:24 a.m.

Shipley complained. Shipley verbally threatened others. Shipley got a gun. Shipley started a physical fight. Shipley shot and killed someone.

I am glad he is going where he can't hurt his neighbors or anyone else again.

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