Tulsa Man Pleads Guilty for Participating in a Robbery that Ended in Two Deaths
A Tulsa man pleaded guilty Friday to taking part in an attempted robbery and home invasion that ended in the deaths of his accomplice and the resident, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.
Justin Tvmvmapky Harjo, 24, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to carry, brandish, and use a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
“Justin Harjo choose to take part in an armed robbery that resulted in two deaths, one of whom was simply fighting to protect his home and those inside,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Now Harjo will face federal prison time.”
According to his plea, Harjo admitted that he conspired with Chauncey Thomas to carry, brandish, and use a firearm during a robbery committed on May 23, 2019. He admitted that he and Thomas planned to conduct an armed robbery of victim Dion Carr’s residence. Harjo drove Thomas to Carr’s residence and attempted follow Thomas through a window into the victim’s home. Carr confronted Thomas who was armed with a gun as he entered the residence. Witnesses in the home reported a struggle over the firearm that resulted in both Thomas and Carr getting shot. Carr died at the scene while Harjo helped his accomplice escape. Harjo drove Thomas to a Tulsa hospital, pulled him from the vehicle, and left him at the entrance. Harjo later burned the vehicle used in the robbery in a rural field to destroy evidence and conceal the conspiracy. Thomas died three days after he was left at the hospital.
Harjo, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation, faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for the crime, which occurred within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation reservation.
The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 16, 2022.
The Tulsa Police Department and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Nassar and Sandra M. Urban are prosecuting the case.