Man Sentenced for Shooting in Indian Country
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 04, 2009|
Acting U.S. Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward announced that a 19-year-old man was sentenced in federal court today for shooting a female acquaintance in the neck.
Brandon Charles Tyler Hendricks, an Indian male from Locust Grove, was sentenced to 37 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for shooting the woman at a video game party at a mobile home near Locust Grove in Mayes County on May 30, 2009. He pled guilty last August to a Grand Jury Indictment returned in July 2009, charging him with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Cause Bodily Harm. Hendricks admitted that after he was thrown out of the party because he was intoxicated and disruptive, he returned with a loaded firearm. When the female homeowner came out onto the porch to confront him for a third time, Hendricks shot her with the .22 caliber rifle. The bullet passed through the woman’s neck and into the chest of a second victim.
The crime was investigated by the Cherokee Nation Marshal’s Service and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney R. Trent Shores represented the government in this case. The prosecution proceeded in federal court because the crime occurred in Indian Country, where major criminal offenses fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Courts.
There is no possibility of parole in the federal system and it is likely that most individuals will serve all or most of the time imposed by the court. There are provisions for inmates to earn a sentence reduction for good behavior, however this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.