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Konawa Resident Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter 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 Kristy Renee Zapata-Gutierrez, age 35, of Konawa, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea to one count of Involuntary Manslaughter in Indian Country.

The Indictment alleged that, on March 19, 2023, Zapata-Gutierrez caused the death of the victim while driving under the influence and in an unsafe manner.  The victim was a passenger in Zapata-Gutierrez’s car.

The crime occurred in Seminole County, within the boundaries of the Seminole Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Seminole Nation Lighthorse Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Honorable Jason A. Robertson, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.  Zapata-Gutierrez will remain on release pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Gross represented the United States.

Updated November 9, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime