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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tulsa Man Pleads Guilty To Brandishing A Firearm While Robbing A Woman In Casino Parking Lot

TULSA, OKLAHOMA – A Tulsa man pleaded guilty today to brandishing a gun during a robbery at an Indian gaming establishment, announced United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Dominique Amoia McDowell II, age 19, entered a plea of guilty before U.S. District Court Judge John Dowdell to the charge of Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence .  This matter was prosecuted in United States District Court because the armed robbery occurred in Indian Country.

On January 12, 2014, McDowell approached a Native American woman in the Osage Nation Casino Tulsa parking lot and robbed her of $600 at gunpoint. Osage Nation law enforcement and casino security officials used their collective resources to identify and find McDowell immediately after the robbery. The officers found McDowell inside the casino gambling with the money he had just stolen. Osage Nation Police officers took McDowell into custody and recovered $540 and a firearm.

“The United States is committed to working together with our tribal law enforcement partners to hold accountable those who commit violent crimes in Indian Country.  I commend the Osage Nation Police Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs for their quick response and joint investigative efforts,” commented United States Attorney Williams.

McDowell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years and up to life imprisonment. Parole has been abolished in the Federal system.

Assistant United States Attorneys Clint Johnson and Trent Shores prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States of America.

Updated July 14, 2015