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Oklahoma Resident Pleads Guilty to Murder in Indian Country

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

WASHINGTON – An enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma pleaded guilty today to second degree murder in Indian Country in connection with a homicide that took place in 2015 in Oklahoma.

According to court documents, in May 2015, John Douglas Knight, 41, and Matthew Armstrong, 32. both of Seminole, Oklahoma, received orders from the Indian Brotherhood, a prison-based gang active in Oklahoma, to go to victim Scotty Candler’s residence and question him. Knight and Armstrong, both carrying firearms, went to Candler’s residence in Seminole County. Knight and Armstrong planned to question, point their firearms at Candler, and beat him up. Instead, Knight and Armstrong shot Candler in the head, killing him. Knight and Armstrong then ran from the residence and disposed of the firearms.

Armstrong pleaded guilty on Oct. 20, 2021 and is awaiting sentencing. According to court documents in that case, Knight and Armstrong went to question the victim Candler about an unrelated homicide that took place behind a WalMart store in Seminole.

Knight pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree. He will be sentenced at a later date and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Wilson of the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, and Special Agent in Charge Edward Gray of the FBI’s Oklahoma City Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the cases.

Trial Attorneys Brian Morgan and Rami Badawy of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section are prosecuting the case in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

Updated March 15, 2022

Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime