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Catoosa Resident Sentenced To 15 Years For Violent Assault Against Intimate Partner

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that James Tyler Garbey, age 36, of Catoosa, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country, and 60 consecutive months in prison for one count of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to a Spouse or Intimate Partner in Indian Country, for a total of 180 months in prison.

The charges arose from investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office.

On December 12, 2023, Garbey pleaded guilty to the charges.  According to investigators, on July 19, 2023, Garbey broke into the victim’s residence, waited for the victim to arrive, then beat the victim before dragging her from the residence at knifepoint to a waiting truck.  The ordeal left the victim with substantial bodily injury.  The crime occurred in Wagoner County, within the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearing.  Garbey will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshals pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. Robinson represented the United States.

Updated June 11, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime