District Attorney Mike Fisher said the recent guilty plea of Jeremy Reece in a notorious 2015 Indian Country killing is a pretty big deal, but the overall case remains a work in progress.
“We’re still moving forward in the prosecution of Tyler Reece,” Fisher said, referring to Jeremy’s brother and state-court co-defendant. Federal and state officials have coordinated closely to ensure the Reece matter is fully prosecuted.
Fisher said last week that there had been discussions about the potential for Tyler Reece to plead in federal court, but he had not yet been formally charged in U.S. District Court. Both brothers were formally charged in Osage County.
Fisher added that all parties to the Reece case have agreed that once Jeremy Reece is sentenced in federal court, Osage County authorities will dismiss their case against him.
Jeremy and Tyler’s mother, Ann Marie, remains charged in Osage County District Court with a single count of accessory after the commission of a felony.
Jeremy Reece, 35, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2015 slaying of Rick Holt.
Reece admitted that he intentionally shot and killed the victim in Osage Nation Indian Country on Sept. 5, 2015. During the change of plea hearing and according to the plea agreement, Reece took the victim from his residence, then transported him to Osage Nation Indian Country where he shot the victim three times. He then dug a shallow grave and set the victim’s body on fire.
“In 2015, Jeremy Reece callously murdered Rick Holt on the lands of the Osage Nation. Heinous acts such as those committed by Reece will not go unpunished in the Northern District of Oklahoma. This United States Attorney’s Office takes seriously its special trust responsibility to prosecute violent crimes in Indian Country,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Assistant United States Attorney and Tribal Liaison Shannon Cozzoni worked closely with Osage County District Attorney Mike Fisher to move this case forward and secure justice for the victim and his family. I would note that this investigation is ongoing and we will not rest until we have held accountable all those responsible for this senseless act of violence.”
“While there can never be a resolution to Mr. Holt’s murder that can return him to his family and friends, the District Attorney’s Office is thankful for the tireless efforts and assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in bringing some closure to those who knew and cared about Rick,” Fisher said.
The murder case was originally filed in state court but in 2017, following an adverse ruling at the district court level that the State of Oklahoma did not have jurisdiction to prosecute the case, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued a ruling staying the case until jurisdictional issues were resolved.
Chief U.S. District Judge John E. Dowdell remanded Reece into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service following his guilty plea, and set sentencing for May 6, 2020.
This prosecution is the joint effort of the Osage County District Attorney and the United States Attorney’s Office. The investigation was conducted by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Pawhuska Police Department, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Osage Nation Police Department and the FBI.