Jack Lake Is Convicted Of Second Degree Manslaughter

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

A jury says a Knox County man should spend more than twenty years behind bars.

Jack Lake was convicted tonight of second degree manslaughter, not murder, in the shooting death of Kenneth Vanover on New Year's Eve in 2004.

After three days of testimony and hours of deliberations the jury reached their decision.

All along the prosecution argued that Jack Lake instigated a shootout between him and Kenneth Vanover at Vanover's trailer.

Jack Lake's defense attorney said Lake shot Vanover to death in self-defense.

While Vanover's widow says she's disappointed the jury did not convict Jack Lake of murder, she's still happy that lake will be serving many years behind bars.

"We got twenty years, my husband can rest now and me and my sons can go on with our lives maybe," Regina Vanover said.

Due to prior felony offenses, the jury also convicted Jack Lake of being a first degree felony offender. That along with the 2nd degree manslaughter conviction means Lake faces over twenty years in prison.

He'll have to serve at least ten of that before even being eligible for parole.


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