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Tahlequah Resident Sentenced For Assault With Intent To Murder Law Enforcement And Federal Firearm Offense

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 Joe Mouse, age 38, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 120 months in prison on four counts of assault with intent to commit murder.  The terms will be served concurrently.   Mouse was also sentenced to a consecutive term of 120 months in prison for one count of discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The charges arose from investigations by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On November 9, 2022, Mouse pleaded guilty to the offenses.  According to investigators, on July 27, 2022, Mouse fired on tribal and county law enforcement officers who went to his residence to arrest him for an assault and battery allegedly committed the night before.  The officers returned fire. Mouse fled on foot and was apprehended a few yards away hiding in a wooded area.  The shotgun Mouse used in the shooting was recovered inside the house.  The crimes occurred in Cherokee County, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“Law enforcement officers have a dangerous job, and when violent people use firearms the danger grows exponentially,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson.  “Fortunately, in this instance, the officers were able to avoid injury and the defendant was apprehended. Combatting gun violence remains a priority of the Department of Justice, and the United States Attorney’s Office will continue to aggressively prosecute these type cases.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearing in Muskogee.  Mouse 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.

Updated December 20, 2023

Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime