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Okmulgee Resident Pleads Guilty To Assault Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury 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 Ronald Weslee Spears, age 58, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury In Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(6), 1151 and 1152, punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both. 

On November 24, 2020, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the defendant shot B.P., in the hip, with a black powder pistol. As a result of being shot, B.P. suffered extreme physical pain, was at risk of death, and required hospitalization for several days.  The shooting took place within the territorial boundaries of the Muskogee Creek Nation and the Eastern District of Oklahoma. The victim, B.P., is a member of the Muskogee Creek Nation. 

The charges arose from an investigation by the Okmulgee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate 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 Nalani Ching represented the United States. 

Updated March 11, 2021

Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime