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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Newton County Man Pleads Guilty to Assault

Jackson, Miss - Samuel Triplett, 36, of Newton County, Mississippi, pled guilty on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, before U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour, Jr., to assaulting his wife, who is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis.

Triplett, a non-Indian, admitted assaulting his wife on lands within the confines of the Conehatta Community. He further admitted in federal court to breaking and entering the Beach Club at Geyser Falls on May 31, 2014. Both the Conehatta Community and the Beach Club are on lands belonging to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Triplett will be sentenced on June 7, 2016, and faces a maximum penalty of 17 years in federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Glenda Haynes.

Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated March 28, 2016