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Man Sentenced to Serve Four Years in Federal Prison for Domestic Assault in Indian Country

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

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, GARY MANILE HARRIS, 39, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve 48 months in federal prison for domestic assault by a habitual offender in Indian country, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On February 8, 2024, a federal grand jury returned a two-count Indictment charging Harris with domestic assault by a habitual offender and domestic assault by strangulation. According to the Indictment, on November 10, 2023, Harris placed a woman with whom he was living in a chokehold and physically abused her, including by dragging her across the floor.

This case is in federal court because Harris is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and the crime occurred within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation. 

On April 3, 2024, Harris pleaded guilty to Count 1, admitted he assaulted the victim, and acknowledged his previous domestic abuse charges.

At the sentencing hearing today, U.S. District Judge David L. Russell sentenced Harris to serve 48 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In sentencing Harris, Judge Russell considered Harris’s drug use and the need for his sentence to protect the public. Judge Russell also noted Harris’s extensive record of victim’s protective order violations and violent crime. Public record reflects that Harris holds prior felony convictions for domestic assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic abuse in Cleveland County District Court case number CF-2020-7, and domestic violence by strangulation in Oklahoma County District Court case number CF-2007-3387.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Department. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kaleigh Blackwell and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Hale prosecuted the case.

Reference is made to public filings for additional information.

Updated June 10, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice