POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Oklahoma - A man convicted of killing a Tecumseh police officer during a traffic stop has been sentenced.

A Pottawatomie County jury sentenced Byron Shepard to death Friday afternoon. 

Shepard was convicted of killing Tecumseh police officer Justin Terney in 2017 during a traffic stop. The 22-year-old officer was fatally shot in abdomen by Shepard while Shepard was running away from a traffic stop.

A short time after the death, the prosecution said they would seek the death penalty.

Shepard's family testified during the sentencing phase and asked the jury to recommend life in prison instead of the death penalty.

A formal sentencing has been set for Friday, January 3 at 9 a.m.