Feds: Seminole man pleads guilty to murder for a slaying

March 10, 2022 GMT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Seminole Nation citizen whom federal prosecutors say was a Native American prison gang member has pleaded guilty to murder, according to federal court records.

John Douglas Knight, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Muskogee federal court in the fatal 2015 Seminole County shooting of Scotty Candler.

In a signed plea agreement, Knight said he and co-defendant Matthew Onesimo Armstrong went to Candler’s home and fatally shot him in the head.

Armstrong previously pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with Candler’s death.

According to prosecutors, Knight and Armstrong went to Candler’s home under orders from the prison-based Indian Brotherhood gang to question Candler about another slaying but eventually shot him.

Knight faces up to life in prison, but prosecutors will recommend a sentence of up to 20 years, according to the plea agreement Knight signed.