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Wewoka Resident Sentenced To 108 Months In Prison For Involuntary Manslaughter, Assault, And Federal Firearm Charges

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 Matthew Kyle Pinson, age 37, of Wewoka, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 51 months in prison for one count of Involuntary Manslaughter, and 51 months in prison for one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, to be served concurrently.  Pinson was also sentenced to 57 months in prison for one count of Assault resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, to be served consecutive to the other terms of imprisonment.

The charges arose from investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, and the Seminole Nation Lighthorse Police Department.

On July 25, 2023, Pinson pleaded guilty to the charges.  According to investigators, on January 16, 2022, Pinson physically assaulted an individual, causing significant facial injuries that required surgery.  Three days later, on January 19, 2022, Pinson, a convicted felon, discharged a firearm, killing a second individual.  The crimes occurred in Seminole County, within the boundaries of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearings.  Pinson 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 Erin Cornell represented the United States.

Updated May 21, 2024

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