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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Two Members of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Plead Guilty to Second Degree Murder


Jackson, Miss. – Jerome Steve, 33, and Keenan Martin, 26, both of Philadelphia and members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, entered guilty pleas today before U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to second degree murder, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze.

The murder took place in the early morning hours of November 2, 2018, in the Tucker Community of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians near Philadelphia.

The defendants will be sentenced on October 10, 2018. The each face a possible statutory sentence of life in prison and fine of $250,000.

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 July 3, 2018