Hughes County Resident Pleads Guilty To 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 Michael David Patton, age 30, of Wewoka, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to an Information charging him with Murder in Indian Country – Second Degree, which is punishable by up to life imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both.
The Information alleged that on or about October 19, 2022, the defendant, with malice aforethought, did unlawfully kill the victim. During the plea hearing, the defendant admitted he entered a residence in Wewoka, Oklahoma by force and stabbed the victim over ten times while the victim was sleeping.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case because the defendant is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe and the crime occurred in Seminole County, within the boundaries of the Seminole Nation Reservation and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Seminole Lighthorse Police Department, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Honorable Gerald L. Jackson, 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. The defendant was remanded into the custody of the United States Marshal pending imposition of sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Casey Richmond represented the United States.
Updated February 28, 2023
Indian Country Law and Justice