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Roland Resident Sentenced To 19 Years For Maiming And Burglary

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 Morgan Cameron Blanton-Barnes, age 24, of Roland, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 235 months in prison for one count of Maiming in Indian Country and 188 months in prison for First Degree Burglary in Indian Country.  These sentences are to be served concurrently.

The charges arose from investigations by the Roland Police Department, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On December 14, 2022, Blanton-Barnes pleaded guilty to the charges.  According to investigators, on April 23, 2022, Blanton-Barnes broke into the victim’s home while the victim was sleeping and attacked the victim with an electric saw.  The victim suffered severe lacerations to the back of his skull and both hands.  The crimes occurred in Sequoyah County, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“The facts of this case are shocking, and the sentence imposed is a clear message that the justice system will hold violent offenders accountable for their heinous crimes,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson.

The Honorable John F. Heil, III, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearing.  Blanton-Barnes will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Gross represented the United States at sentencing.

Updated April 15, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime