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Woman Sentenced for Attacking Boyfriend with a Knife

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

 A Tulsa woman was sentenced in federal court for attacking a man with a knife during a domestic violence situation, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Sharilyn Rose Browning, 31, to 37 months in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. Browning previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country.

On July 31, 2020, Browning, a White Mountain Apache citizen, attacked her boyfriend using a kitchen knife. According to court documents, Browning was intoxicated when the victim arrived at their home. The couple began arguing and Browning stabbed and sliced the male victim resulting in lacerations to his arm and head. The victim received over 200 stitches for his injuries. The crime occurred within the Muscogee Nation Reservation.

In her written plea agreement, Browning admitted that she had intent to do bodily harm when she assaulted a male victim with a knife by stabbing him on July 31, 2020.

The Tulsa Police Department and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Fletcher prosecuted the case. AUSA Fletcher is a prosecutor from the Northern District of Iowa. He volunteered to assist prosecution efforts here in the Northern District of Oklahoma due to increased jurisdictional responsibilities regarding crimes involving Native American victims or defendants and that occur within the Muscogee Nation and Cherokee Nation Reservations.

Updated June 15, 2021