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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Colbert Resident Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter In Indian Country

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Brittney Nicole Schmidt, 28, entered a guilty plea to Involuntary Manslaughter in Indian Country, in violation of 18 United States Code Sections 1151, 1153, and 1112, punishable by imprisonment for a period of up to 8 years and/or a fine of up to $250,000.00 and a special assessment fee in the amount of $100.00.

The Indictment alleged that on or about August 15, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant did unlawfully kill another human being while in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony, that is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of one or more intoxicating substances, contrary to 47 Oklahoma Statute Section 11-902, without due caution and circumspection and with a wanton and reckless disregard for human life, and knew and should have known that her conduct imperiled the lives of others.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Colbert and Calera City Police Departments 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.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated September 8, 2021