Supreme Court vacates 4 more sentences after Oklahoma ruling

The Associated Press - July 12, 2020 9:34 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American man convicted in Oklahoma of first-degree murder and another who pleaded guilty to manslaughter had their convictions vacated. The moves came after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains a reservation on which tribal members are subject to federal and tribal law, but not state law.

Joe Johnson Jr. had been serving a life sentence for a fatal shooting in Seminole County. Travis Wayne Bailey had been serving 36 years in prison for killing a man in a vehicular crash while intoxicated with methamphetamine. Two convicted sex offenders also won new trials after the landmark ruling.


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