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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 23, 2020

Okemah Man Pleads Guilty To Arson In Indian Country

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Seth Henry Thomas, age 22, of Okemah, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Arson In Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 81, 2, 1151 and 1153, punishable by not more than 25 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both.

The Indictment alleged that on or about September 15, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, an Indian, did attempt and conspire, and willfully and maliciously did set fire to and burn a building and dwelling. 

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.   

Assistant United States Attorney Ben Gifford represented the United States at the plea hearing. 

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated October 27, 2020