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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Clearview Man Pleads Guilty To Murder In Indian Country

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Tommy Ryan Gouge, age 41, of Clearview, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Murder In Indian Country - Second Degree, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1111(a), 1151 and 1153, punishable by any term of years up to life imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both.

The Information  alleged that on or about February 14, 2020, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, an Indian, willfully, deliberately, maliciously and with malice aforethought, did unlawfully kill his wife, Stephanie Michelle Gouge, with an edged weapon and a blunt object. 

The charges arose from an investigation by the Okemah Police Department, the Okfuskee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.

Assistant United States Attorney Ben Gifford represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated December 22, 2020