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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Kickapoo tribal member draws prison term

  • Defendant given 90 months in federal prison for injury to child.
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  • Justin L. Ellis, 26, of Shawnee, and a member of the Kickapoo Tribe, has been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Friot to serve 90 months in federal prison
     
    He was sentenced for malicious injury of a four-year old child on the federal lands held in trust for the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma.
     
    Announcement of the sentence was made bySanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
     
    According to court records, on Nov. 10, 2012, Ellis, repeatedly burned a four-year-old child on the buttocks and legs with a lit cigarette on Kickapoo Tribal land in Pottawatomie County.
     
    Ellis pleaded guilty on June 3, 2013. At sentencing, the court went above the sentencing guidelines of up to 51 months in prison to fashion a 90-month sentence appropriate to the crime, the court announced.
     
    Upon release from prison, Ellis will be supervised by the U.S. Probation office for an additional three years.
     
    This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Don Gifford, II.
     
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