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Seminole Resident Sentenced For Accessory After The Fact To Murder 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 Anastacia Phillinia Little, age 32, of Seminole, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 90 months in prison for her role as an accessory after the fact to Murder in Indian country.

The charges arose from investigations by the Seminole Police Department, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Texas Rangers, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On July 15, 2022, Little pleaded guilty to one count of Accessory After the Fact to Murder in Indian Country.  According to investigators, on April 2, 2019, Little—aware that Coker Dean Barker had just completed the willful, deliberate, and malicious murder of a Seminole resident—helped Barker burn evidence of the crime, then drove him to the Mexican border in order to help him evade arrest and prosecution.  Barker was convicted of Murder in Indian country by a federal jury at trial on April 10, 2023.

The crimes occurred in Seminole County, within the boundaries of the Seminole Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

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 in Muskogee.  Little will remain in the 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.

Updated December 21, 2023

Topics
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime