INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man convicted of murder and criminal recklessness in the 2019 shooting death of a man celebrating his bachelor party has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Prosecutors say 33-year-old Derek Oechsle was found guilty last month in the Nov. 29, 2019, slaying of 41-year-old Christopher Smith.
Smith and some friends were celebrating his upcoming marriage when witnesses said Oechsle, sitting nearby, appeared to become visibly upset.
A fight ensued and Oechsle pulled out a gun and began to strike another man.
Prosecutors say that when Smith tried to break up the fight, Oechsle shot him.
Oechsle was sentenced last week.