OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma court has reinstated the conviction and sentence of a Tulsa man whose case led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on tribal jurisdiction.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday reinstated the child-abuse conviction and 35-year prison sentence of Victor Castro-Huerta.
The court had vacated the 37-year-old Tulsa man’s conviction and sentence after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state lacked criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country in cases involving tribal citizens.
Castro-Huerta is not a Native American, but his victim was.
In a separate decision earlier this year, the nation’s high court ruled the state can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes on tribal land.