Indictment Unsealed Charging Red Rock Man with Assaulting a Tribal Police Officer
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 19, 2009|
OKLAHOMA CITY—This afternoon, an federal indictment was unsealed charging SONNY RAY HAZE, 28, of Red Rock, Oklahoma, with assaulting a tribal police officer using a car and causing serious bodily injury, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
The indictment alleges that on November 1, 2009, Haze used a vehicle to assault a police officer with the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Police Department in Noble County, Oklahoma, and that the assault resulted in serious bodily injury to the police officer. Haze was taken into custody earlier today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His indictment was unsealed when he appeared this afternoon in federal court. Haze was released on bond with a trial date set in January of 2010.
If convicted, Haze faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Reference is made to the indictment for further information.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvo Q. Mikkanen.