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Wagoner County Resident Sentenced For Manslaughter 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 Lonnie Leonard Swarer, III, age 25, of Wagoner County, Oklahoma, was sentenced to probation for Manslaughter in Indian Country.

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

On May 17, 2022, Swarer entered a guilty plea to one count of Manslaughter in Indian Country.  During the plea hearing, Swarer admitted that on June 13, 2020, he lost control of his vehicle while doing a burnout and crashed into another vehicle.  A passenger in Swarer’s vehicle was killed in the collision.  The crime occurred in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

The Honorable John. F. Heil, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee, presided over the sentencing.

Updated June 12, 2023

Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice