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Bogue Chitto woman pleads guilty to stabbing Choctaw tribal member to death

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A Bogue Chitto woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of a tribal member on the Choctaw Indian Reservation.

On Thursday, 27-year-old Bethany Thomas of the Bogue Chitto Community of the Choctaw Indian Reservation admitted to stabbing the victim — whose identity has not yet been released — with a knife, resulting in his death.

In November 2021, a federal grand jury indicted Thomas on the charge of murder in the second degree.

Now, Thomas has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 10. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca of the Southern District of Mississippi commended the work of the Choctaw Police Department of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who investigated the case.

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