Man pleads guilty to murder on Choctaw Indian Reservation

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi – A member of the Choctaw Indian Band of Mississippi pleaded guilty today to the 2017 murder of a female tribal member on the Choctaw Indian Reservation, Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca announced. of the Southern District of Mississippi and Michelle Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Mississippi Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to court documents, on July 1, 2017, Stuart Brian Nickey, 37, of the Bogue Homa community of the Choctaw Indian Reservation, beat his tribal member girlfriend in the face with his fists, resulting in her death. .

A federal grand jury in September 2017 indicted Nickey for second-degree murder. Nickey pleaded guilty to the indictment and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 29, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting U.S. Attorney LaMarca praised the work of the Choctaw Police Department of the Choctaw Band of Mississippi Indians and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin J. Payne and Lynn Murray.

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Nohemi M. Moore