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Tribal member sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country



The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Ashly Mae Murphy, age 30, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 48 months in prison for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country.


The charges arose from investigations by the Tahlequah Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


On October 18, 2022, Murphy pleaded guilty to the crime.  According to investigators, on July 4, 2021, Murphy stabbed the victim more than 20 times with a knife.


The crime occurred in Cherokee County, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.


The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearing in Muskogee.


 Murphy will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.



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