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Adair Man Pleads Guilty To Assault With Intent To Commit Murder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 05, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today WILLIE JAMES HALLMARK, 37, of Adair County, Okla., pleaded guilty to two counts of Assault with Intent to Commit Murder in Indian Country.

These charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the FBI. HALLMARK was indicted in June 2013.

The indictment alleged that on or about June 6, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, WILLIE JAMES HALLMARK, an Indian, did knowingly and intentionally assault two individuals causing injury by stabbing with a knife with the intent to commit a murder, while on land held in Trust, for an individual member of the Cherokee Nation, by the United States of America.

“Violent crimes in Indian country continue to be a priority to the Department of Justice and my office here in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and I commend the excellent work of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this case”, commented United States Attorney Mark Green.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the defendant’s guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 20 years imprisonment and/or up to $250,000.00 in fines on each count.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

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