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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Tulsa Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Robbery in Indian Country

A Tulsa man pleaded guilty today after committing two separate robberies in two days, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

James Jordan Buckley, 21, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell. Buckley is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. His sentencing is set for May 10, 2021.

“The commission of two violent robberies in two days was a pattern of criminal conduct that caught the attention of law enforcement. Thank goodness they identified and arrested James Buckley before he could rob another victim,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “In addition to the FBI and Tulsa Police, I want to commend the efforts of New Jersey-based Assistant U.S. Attorney Cymetra Williams who came to help prosecute violent crimes in the wake of the McGirt decision. This prosecution is a great example of work she and other detailees are doing to make our community safer.”

In his plea agreement, Buckley admitted that on March 31, 2020, he kicked in the front door of the elderly victim’s residence and demanded the key to her vehicle. He admitted that he took her vehicle by force, violence, intimidation, and without her permission. Buckley further admitted that on April 1, 2020, he approached the vehicle of a different victim and entered the vehicle without permission. Buckley then demanded that the victim drive him to Broken Arrow and pointed a knife at the driver as he made his demands. The victims in the car escaped the vehicle and following their escape Buckley got in the driver’s seat and attempted to take the vehicle.

The FBI and the Tulsa Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cymetra M. Williams is prosecuting the case.

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Updated February 11, 2021