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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Choctaw Man Pleads Guilty to Burglarizing Procurement Office

Jackson, Miss. – Shelton Shane Chapman, Jr., a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, to burglary within the Pearl River Community of the Choctaw Indian reservation, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.

On November 7, 2017, Chapman entered the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ Procurement Office and stole a Dell bag and several iPhones and iPads. Chapman sold some of the items to two individuals who then pawned the items at a local pawn shop.  

Chapman will be sentenced on May 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Reeves, and faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Choctaw Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kimberly Purdie and Kevin Payne.



Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 13, 2019