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Brutal Okmulgee County murder from 2021 sends 28-year-old to federal prison for 223 months



The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Neil Shai Cameron Lewis,age 28, of Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 223 months in prison for Murder in Indian Country—Second Degree.

The charges arose from investigations by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Lighthorse Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Lewis pleaded guilty to Murder in Indian Country—Second Degree on September 30, 2021. The investigation of the case revealed Lewis beat the victim to death with a television and a coat rack after an evening of drinking at the victim’s apartment.


Police investigating an Emergency Medical Services call discovered the victim lying on the floor of his apartment and Lewis covered in the victim’s blood.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted this case because the defendant is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe and the crimes occurred in Okmulgee County, within the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Reservation and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearings in Muskogee. Lewis was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve his sentence of incarceration.




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