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Henryetta Resident Sentenced For Second Degree Murder In Indian Country

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 Christopher Jason Hathcoat, age 45, of Henryetta, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 315 months in prison for two counts of Second Degree Murder in Indian Country.  The terms were ordered to run concurrently.

The charges arose from investigations by the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On August 31, 2022, Hathcoat pleaded guilty to two counts on an Information in federal court.  According to investigators, on August 4, 2016, Hathcoat shot and killed two victims at a Henryetta residence, stole a large quantity of cash from the house and fled in one victim’s truck. Officers located three spent .243 rifle casings and one 9 mm casing at the scene.  Hathcoat was later apprehended on an unrelated warrant driving the victim’s truck at a state park.  A subsequent search of the truck revealed a Remington Model 742 .243 Winchester rifle, rounds of .243 and 9mm ammunition, and a quantity of cash.  The crimes occurred in McIntosh 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 in Muskogee.  Hathcoat will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

Updated December 20, 2023

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