Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Blackbird Sentenced

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Donald Lee Blackbird, age 59, of Vian, Oklahoma was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment, and 5 years of supervised release for Attempted Sexual Abuse Of A Minor. The charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Indictment alleged that on or about April 3, 2018, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country on an allotment, the title to which had not yet been extinguished, the defendant, an Indian,  knowingly attempted to engage in a sexual act with a person who had attained the age of 12 years, but had not attained the age of 16 years and was at least four years younger than defendant.

U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “People that prey upon children are and always must be priority targets for investigation and prosecution. Predators will take advantage of every opportunity they have to satisfy their deviant desires, even if that means taking advantage of a child. Their crimes, by their own design, occur in private and thus can be difficult to prove. I applaud the victim for having the courage to endure the investigative and prosecutorial process so the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, the FBI, and this office could seek justice against Mr. Blackbird.”

Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge, presided over the hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.

KXMX News Staff

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