KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A Klamath Falls man was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with a fatal shooting.
Daryl Dean Hatchard was initially charged with murder for shooting and killing Kameron Stewart.
The shooting happened behind Hatchard’s Cannon Avenue home in June of 2016.
Prosecutors aren’t releasing many details about what sparked the shooting.
“It’s my understanding that there was an argument between the two, they did know each other,” said Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello. “In the course of the argument, Mr. Hatchard pulled a gun.”
Hatchard could have faced a 25-year sentence on the murder charge but pleaded ‘guilty’ to a lesser charge of manslaughter earlier this month as part of a plea agreement.
“There was some evidentiary issues that we potentially had, regarding witnesses and legal issues,” explained D.A. Costello.
Hatchard was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with credit for time served.
Hatchard did not make any comments during the sentencing hearing.
Daryl Hatchard will not be eligible for early release, he must also submit to 3 years of post-prison supervision.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.