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Westville Woman Sentenced To 26 Months For Felony Child Abuse

August 14, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that KENDRA MARIE ROSS, age 23, of Westville, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 26 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release for Felony Child Abuse, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1153, Title 21, Oklahoma Statutes Annotated, Section 843.5(A) and Title 10, Oklahoma Statutes Annotated, Section 1-1-105.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare, the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The defendant was indicted in November, 2012 and pled guilty in January, 2013.

The Indictment alleged that on or about August 2, 2012, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and within Indian Country, on restricted land, the defendant, an Indian, did willfully and maliciously injure, a child who was at the time five years old, by repeatedly striking him.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which she will serve her nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

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