Broken Arrow Woman Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Indian Country
A woman pleaded guilty this morning after abusing and assaulting a Native American minor female while under the influence of alcohol, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.
Jamie Lea Keahbone, 40, of Broken Arrow, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge John E. Dowdell. Her sentencing is set for April 27, 2021.
“Jamie Keahbone was a real-life nightmare to her victim. Keahbone repeatedly punched a child, intentionally pressed an arm against the child’s neck until the child lost consciousness, poured water over the child’s face causing the child to struggle to breathe, and struck the child with a table lamp,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “I commend this victim for her courage in seeking help and applaud law enforcement for answering the call.”
In her written plea agreement, Keahbone admitted that she assaulted the girl on October 14, 2020.
The FBI and the Broken Arrow Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chantelle Dial is prosecuting the case. Ms. Dial is a prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Washington. She volunteered to assist prosecution efforts here in the Northern District of Oklahoma due to the increased volume of cases since the Supreme Court’s ruling which stated the Creek Nation Reservation had never been officially disestablished by Congress. The United States and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation have jurisdiction of all cases that occur on the reservation involving Native American victims or defendants.