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U.S. District Judge sentences man to life in prison for older woman's assault

Elga Harper
Elga Harper
Posted at 9:19 PM, May 04, 2022
and last updated 2023-07-28 17:11:56-04

Story update:

A federal jury convicted Elga Harper on February 9 on charges of kidnapping in Indian Country; aggravated sexual abuse by force and threat in Indian Country; assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm in Indian Country; and assault resulting in serious bodily injury in Indian Country.

Thursday Harper received a life sentence for his actions in what the U.S. District Judge described as one of the most serious cases he has ever seen.

U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson praises the woman who testified. “Elga Harper violently beat and sexually assaulted an elderly woman in her home for four hours,” said Johnson. “The victim bravely faced her attacker and testified; and through her perseverance, strength and courage, justice was served in this case.”

Previous coverage:

Tulsa police arrested a man Tuesday they said assaulted an older woman in her home last week.

Police issued an arrest warrant last week for 40-year-old Elga Harper who they say assaulted a woman who is in her 70s.

Elga Harper's new mugshot 5/10

TPD said around 5 p.m. on May 4 someone called officers to a home near 51st Street and Memorial. When they got there they found the woman home alone. She told police her handyman beat her and sexually assaulted her. Emergency crews took her to the hospital with injuries to the face, head and body.

After a nearly week-long search, police found and arrested Harper near 39th and Harvard.

Because he's a member of a Native American tribe, his case was taken up by federal authorities who charged him with Kidnapping in Indian Country, Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force and Threat in Indian Country, and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in Indian Country.

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