A Stroud man was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in prison in connection with the traffic death of a Sac and Fox Nation tribal police officer.
A week-long trial in Lincoln County ended in June with the defendant making a plea deal on a second-degree manslaughter count.
Justin S. Henley, 23, of Stroud, was initially charged with first-degree manslaughter relating to a 2017 head-on traffic accident north of Stroud. That accident claimed the life of Sac and Fox Nation Police Officer Nathan Graves.
The jury began deliberations following a trial in June, but the jury couldn’t reach a verdict in the case.
“This case was a tough one for the jury and they worked very hard to come to a verdict, but in the end their wisdom was a guiding force to the justice that occurred in this case,” Pottawatomie/Lincoln County District Attorney Allan Grubb said back in June.
The defendant and the State of Oklahoma and the family of Nathan Graves came to an understanding that Henley would plead guilty to manslaughter and serve two years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Grubb said.
Formal sentencing was held Thursday, with Henley formally sentenced to two years with the Department of Corrections.