Broken Arrow Resident Found Guilty Of Assault In Indian Country
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Robert Wayne Thompson, age 54, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma was found guilty by a federal jury of the lesser included offense of Assault by Striking, Beating, or Wounding in Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(4), 1151 and 1153. The defendant was indicted by a federal grand jury last February with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(3), 1151 and 1153. The jury trial began with testimony on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 and concluded on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 with the guilty verdict. Based on the jury’s verdict, the defendant is facing up to 1 year of imprisonment.
During the trial, the United States presented evidence that the defendant assaulted his long-time companion by picking up a bar stool and striking her on the head, causing a laceration to the victim’s head.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case because the defendant is a member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe and the crime occurred in Wagoner County, within the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Reservation, and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
The guilty verdict was the result of an investigation by the Broken Arrow Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee, presided over the trial and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following completion of the report. Thompson was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending the imposition of sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorneys Benjamin Traster and Rob Wallace represented the United States.