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Case Number: 4:20-cr-00175-GKF
Judge: Gregory K. Frizzell
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (Tulsa County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Tulsa, OK: Firearm possession felony criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Carl John Irons, Jr., age 20, who illegally sold a gun which was used to commit voluntary manslaughter in Indian Country.
“An illegal gun sale ended in tragedy when a 16-year-old was killed in an exchange of gunfire,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Too many families have lost children to gun violence. These shootings are a waste of young lives. My thoughts are with this family as they continue to grieve the loss of this young man.”
Defendant was initially charged with second-degree murder in Indian Country.
In a plea agreement, Irons admitted to shooting and killing the minor victim on Feb. 4, 2020. The incident occurred when two groups met for an illegal gun sale. A conflict arose between the two groups, leading to an exchange of gunfire. The victim, who was in the opposing group, was shot in the head and body and died at an area hospital on Feb. 8, 2020. The crime occurred at an apartment complex on South Mingo Road in Tulsa.
The victim was a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and the crime was committed within the boundaries of the Muscogee Nation.
The Tulsa Police Department and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric O. Johnston prosecuted the case.
18 USC 1151, 1152, and 1112: Voluntary Manslaughter in Indian Country
See: Tulsa 20-year-old sentenced to 10-year federal prison term for killing 16-year-old
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.