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Choctaw Tribal Member Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison for Second Degree Murder

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi

Jackson, Miss. – Jerome Steve, 33, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to 540 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for second degree murder, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Steve was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

Steve entered a guilty plea on July 3, 2018, to one count of second degree murder. On November 2, 2017, four members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians assaulted and killed another Tribal member in the Tucker Community. Steve’s co-defendant, Keenan Martin, will be sentenced on March 22, 2019. The sentencing of a third defendant, Keyshawn Willis, will be set at a later date. A fourth defendant, Monte Isaac, died while awaiting sentencing.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Criminal Chief Patrick Lemon, Assistant United States Attorney Erin Chalk, and Special Assistant United States Attorney Kevin Payne. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Choctaw Police Department.

Updated March 21, 2019

Indian Country Law and Justice