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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 9, 2020

Muskogee Man Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse In Indian Country

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Michael Wayne Miller, age 41, of Muskogee, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Child Abuse In Indian Country (2 Counts) in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1151, 1153, and Title 21, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 843.5(A), punishable by not more than life imprisonment, a fine up to $5,000.00, or both for each count.

The Indictment alleged that on or about January 12, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, an Indian, did willfully and maliciously cause and threaten harm to the health, safety, and welfare of E.M., a child under the age of eighteen, by striking E.M.

The Indictment further alleged that on or about January 17, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, an Indian, did willfully and maliciously cause and threaten harm to the health, safety, and welfare of S.M., a child under the age of eighteen, by striking S.M. 

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Honorable John F. Heil, III, U.S. District 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.   

Special Assistant United States Attorney Cory Ortega represented the United States.
 

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated October 13, 2020