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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 22, 2022

Tulsa Man Sentenced for Participating in an Attempted Robbery that Ended in Two Deaths

A Tulsa man was sentenced Monday in federal court for participating in an attempted robbery and home invasion that ended in two deaths.

“Justin Harjo received an 18-year prison sentence for taking part in a home invasion that resulted in the deaths of an individual living in the home and Harjo’s accomplice,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to confront and deter violent crime in communities across northeastern Oklahoma and hold offenders accountable.”

U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Justin Tvmvmapky Harjo, 25, of Tulsa, to 216 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. On Oct. 15, 2021, Harjo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to carry, brandish, and use a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

According to his plea agreement, 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.

The Tulsa Police Department and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher J. Nassar and Sandra M. Urban prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Indian Country Law and Justice
Firearms Offenses
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Updated August 22, 2022