Federal Jury Convicts Tahlequah Resident Of Multiple Counts Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse And Exploitation Of Her Children In Indian Country
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced today that Tyler Cheyenne Ned, age 27, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 140 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to two counts of Robbery in Indian Country, one count of Attempted Robbery in Indian Country, and one count of Use, Carry, Brandish and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.
The evidence showed that on or about May 17, 2021, the defendant walked up to three people smoking on the front porch of a home. The defendant produced a handgun and demanded that they empty their pockets. Two of the three then turned over items to the defendant. Not satisfied, the defendant asked if that was all they had, fired the gun into the ground, and said that he could or would take them out. The defendant fled after someone opened the front door.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the offenses because the defendant in this case is a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe and the crimes occurred in Ardmore, Oklahoma, within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation Reservation, and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
The case was the result of an investigation by the Ardmore Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Honorable John F. Heil, III, U.S. District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the sentencing hearing. Ned was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal to await commitment to a United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve his non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.
Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Gross represented the United States.