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Stilwell Resident Sentenced For Assaults Resulting In Serious Bodily Injury

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 Jeremy David Croley, age 47, of Stilwell, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, followed by one year of home confinement for each of two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian country.  The sentence for each count will run concurrently.  Croley was also ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

On July 18, 2022, Croley entered a guilty plea to the charges.  According to investigators, on September 15, 2018, Croley crossed the center line driving southbound on Bell Road and crashed his dual rear wheel truck into a vehicle driving in the northbound lane.  Troopers arriving at the scene of the wreckage observed Croley unsteady on his feet, slurring his speech, and smelling strongly of alcohol.  Croley failed a preliminary breath test and returned just under 0.20 on a subsequent blood alcohol test, well over the .08 limit.  Data retrieved from Croley’s vehicle showed he had failed to brake in the eight seconds prior to impact.  Two passengers in the oncoming vehicle suffered severe bodily injuries from the impact.

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

The Honorable Charles B. Goodwin, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, sitting by assignment, presided over the hearing in Oklahoma City.  Croley will self-report to the U.S. Marshal service on March 11, 2024, prior to serving a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration at a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility.

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

Updated March 14, 2024

Topics
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime