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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. – A Carthage, Missouri man pleaded guilty today to assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm in Indian Country in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

According to the plea agreement, Koby Caiden Stark, 22, admitted to discharging a firearm at vehicle that contained 3 other people. Stark admits that he was not acting in self-defense. The incident occurred within the boundaries of the Ottawa reservation. All 3 victims are tribal members. One victim is a member of the Cherokee Nation, the second is a member of the Choctaw Nation, and the third is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.

Stark has been in custody and will remain until he is sentenced at a later date. He faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
A federal district court judge will determine any sentence or fine after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Miami Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie N. Ihler is prosecuting the case.


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Updated October 30, 2023