Durant woman sentenced to three years in prison for theft from Choctaw Nation

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MUSKOGEE –A Durant woman convicted on a federal theft charge from the Choctaw Nation was sentenced to probabtion, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma said Wednesday.

Dawn Marie Smith, 29, was sentenced to three years of probation for felony theft of personal property in Indian Country, in violation of federal law.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Smith was indicted in February, 2013 and pled guilty in March, 2013.

According to the indictment, on August 10, 2012, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and within Indian Country, namely on land held in trust by the United States for the Choctaw Nation, Smith, an Indian, took another’s personal property valued in excess of $1,000.00.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

In other news, the Durant Fire Department hosed down a grass fire Wednesday on property near Lake Durant. Fireffighters were dispatched at 5:41 p.m. to 3004 Bryan Rd. where there was a grass fire near a structure. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 10 minutes. It burned approxmately five acres and there was no other damage.


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