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Press Release

Idabel Resident Sentenced For Second Degree Murder

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 Stewart Wayne Coffman, age 60, of Idabel, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 300 months in prison for one count of second degree murder and 120 months in prison for one count of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm.  The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Idabel Police Department, and the Idabel Fire Department.

On June 16, 2022, a federal jury convicted Coffman of Second Degree Murder in Indian Country and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country.  According to the trial testimony, on the night of October 5, 2017, Coffman beat the victim to death with a metal pipe.  The victim’s body was discovered by Idabel firefighters two days later when they responded to a house fire at Coffman’s residence.  The crimes occurred in McCurtain County, within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“Stewart Wayne Coffman’s attempts to evade justice for his brutal crime are ended,” said U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Wilson.  “Coffman’s conviction and sentencing in federal court are additional proof that combatting violent crime in Indian Country remains a priority of this office.”

The Honorable Eric F. Melgren, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, sitting by appointment, presided over the hearing in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Coffman 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Erin Cornell represented the United States.

Updated August 24, 2023

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice