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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cherry Tree Man Sentenced To 51 Months For Assault With A Dangerous Weapon

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Leeroy Soap Jr, age 40, of Cherry Tree, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 51 months imprisonment, and 3 years supervised release for Assault With A Dangerous Weapon In Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(3), 1151 and 1153.  The charge arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, the Adair County Sherriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Indictment alleged that on or about July 13, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, within Indian country, on an Indian allotment the Indian title to which had not been extinguished, and within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, the defendant, an Indian, did knowingly assault J.E. with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. 
United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to working with state, local, tribal and federal agencies to combat violent crime. The investigation and prosecution of Mr. Soap involved four different agencies working cooperatively to achieve justice for the victim and to hold the defendant accountable for his actions.” 

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 hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated February 20, 2018