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Man pleads guilty to fatal stabbing on tribal lands

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A fatal stabbing on Native American lands resulted in a conviction Friday of involuntary manslaughter.

Sage Atheakee Gomez, a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing Brandon L. Warrior, 43, on Sept. 15. Warrior, a member of the Tonkawa Tribe, died of his wounds Oct. 2.

Gomez, 23, of Ponca City, could face up to eight years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and restitution to the victim’s estate.

The stabbing occurred at Warrior’s trailer on Native American land near Ponca City. Because the crime took place on tribal lands, the case was prosecuted in federal court.

Gomez pleaded guilty to stabbing Warrior during an altercation “without due caution and circumspection, which might produce death,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He was convicted of knowingly causing the victim’s death while committing a “lawful act in an unlawful and reckless manner,” according to court documents.

Gomez was originally charged with voluntary manslaughter, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in a serious bodily injury. A grand jury indictment alleged Gomez killed Warrior “upon sudden quarrel and heat of passion.”

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated the case and interviewed two witnesses who said they were in the trailer during the altercation, according to a court affidavit. Both witnesses reported seeing Gomez stab Warrior, the BIA reported.

Nuria Martinez-Keel

Nuria Martinez-Keel joined The Oklahoman in 2019. She found a home at the newspaper while interning in summer 2016 and 2017. Nuria returned to The Oklahoman for a third time after working a year and a half at the Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia,... Read more ›

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