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U.S. Attorney: Man Pleads Guilty In Federal Court to 2015 Murder

Posted at 2:11 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 15:30:19-05

According to U.S. Attorney Trent Shores, a man charged with a murder that happened in Osage County in 2015, pleaded guilty in federal court today.

A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation 35-year-old Jeremy Keith Reece admitted to shooting and killing the victim in Osage Nation Indian Country in Sept. 2015, says officials.

According to the plea agreement, and during the change of plea hearing, officials say Reece took the victim from his home and brought him to Osage Nation Indian Country. This is where Reece shot the victim three times. and then dug a shallow grave and set the victim's body of fire, officials say.

“In 2015, Jeremy Reece callously murdered Rick Holt on the lands of the Osage Nation. Heinous acts such as those committed by Reece will not go unpunished in the Northern District of Oklahoma. This United States Attorney’s Office takes seriously its special trust responsibility to prosecute violent crimes in Indian Country,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Assistant United States Attorney and Tribal Liaison Shannon Cozzoni worked closely with Osage County District Attorney Mike Fisher to move this case forward and secure justice for the victim and his family. I would note that this investigation is ongoing and we will not rest until we have held accountable all those responsible for this senseless act of violence.”

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"While there can never be a resolution to Mr. Holt's murder that can return him to his family and friends, the District Attorney's Office is thankful for the tireless efforts and assistance of the U.S. Attorney's Office in bringing some closure to those who knew and cared about Rick," said Osage County District Attorney Mike Fisher.

In 2017, this case was originally filed in state court, following a ruling at the district court level that the State of Oklahoma did not have jurisdiction to prosecute the case, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued a ruling staying the case until jurisdictional issues were resolved, according to a press release.

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