MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Matthew West Nix, age 33, of Morris, Oklahoma entered a guilty plea to Involuntary Manslaughter In Indian Country, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1112, 1151 and 1153, punishable by not more than 8 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both.
The Indictment alleged that on or about November 20, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, Matthew West Nix, an Indian, did unlawfully kill Darla Nanette Maxwell while in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony, that is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of one or more intoxicating substances, contrary to 47 O.S. § 11-902, without due caution and circumspection and with a wanton and reckless disregard for human life, and knew and should have known that his conduct imperiled the lives of others.
The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.
Assistant United States Attorney Ben Gifford represented the United States.