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Pittsburg County Resident Pleads Guilty To Murder, Assault, And Federal Firearms Charges

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 Darius Alexander Presley, age 22, of McAlester, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to charges related to a December 2022 shooting that left one dead and one seriously wounded.

At the plea hearing, Presley entered a guilty plea to one count of Murder in Indian Country, one count of Assault with the Intent to Commit Murder in Indian Country, one count of Use, Carry, Brandish and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence, and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

According to investigators, on December 2, 2022, Presley shot two individuals at a McAlester residence before leaving in a victim’s car.  Deputies responding to reports of gunshots arrived at the residence to discover one victim deceased and the second seriously wounded.  At the time of the offense, Presley, a felon, was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a state court conviction.  The crimes occurred in Pittsburg County, within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office.

The Honorable Gerald L. Jackson, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.  Presley will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Howanitz and Michael Robinson represented the United States.

Updated September 20, 2023

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