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Stilwell Resident Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

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 Bradley Jordan Eagle-Tate, age 30, of Stilwell, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea to one count of Involuntary Manslaughter in Indian Country.

The Indictment alleged that on June 27, 2022, Eagle-Tate unlawfully killed the victim by failing to devote his full time and attention to driving.  According to investigators, Eagle-Tate drifted into the oncoming lane of Oklahoma Highway 100 in a no-passing zone, clipping one vehicle before colliding head-on with a second vehicle.   The driver of the second vehicle died at the scene.  Eagle-Tate admitted during the plea hearing that he had multiple drugs in his system at the time of the collision.

The crime occurred in Adair County, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Honorable Jason A. Robertson, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the plea in Muskogee and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.  The Court permitted Eagle-Tate to remain out of custody pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorneys Zack Parsons and Kevin Gross represented the United States.

Updated September 29, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime