MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Jerry Wayne Dick, age 27, of Wagoner, 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 up to 8 years’ imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both.
The Indictment alleged that on or about July 18, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, an Indian, did unlawfully kill Zachary O’Connell. in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony, that is, operating a motor vehicle in violation of lawful speed limits, in a careless and wanton manner, contrary to Title 47, Oklahoma Statutes, Section 11-901, 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 Wagoner Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Honorable John F. Heil, III, U.S. District 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.
Special Assistant United States Attorney Cory Ortega represented the United States.