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WASHINGTON – An enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and member of the Indian Brotherhood (IBH), a prison-based gang active in Oklahoma, was sentenced today to 210 months imprisonment for his role in a homicide that took place in 2015 within Indian country in Oklahoma.

On March 9, 2022, John Douglas Knight, 43, of Seminole, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder in Indian Country for the 2015 murder of Scotty Candler. According to court documents, in May 2015, Knight and another man received orders from the IBH to question Scotty Candler about a prior homicide. Candler actually had no involvement with the prior homicide.  Knight and another individual went to Candler’s residence carrying firearms with the purpose of questioning and assaulting Candler. Knight knocked on Candler’s door. Candler opened the door to his residence and his two dogs ran out. According to the other man and a third man who drove the getaway car but did not observe the killing, John Knight then went into the residence and shot Candler once in the head, killing him. After killing Candler, John Knight and the other man ran from the location and disposed of the firearms before they were picked up.

Knight was sentenced by District Judge John F. Heil, III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma to 210 months imprisonment.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr., of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division,United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson of the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Investigative Division, and Special Agent in Charge Edward Gray of the FBI’s Oklahoma City Field Office made the announcement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

Trial Attorneys Rami Badawy and Brian Morgan of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Zach Parsons of the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case.

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  1. April Candler on March 20, 2023 at 5:24 am

    I just want to say that Scotty Candler was my little brother and he was a good man that was just in the wrong place and the wrong time. I can not imagine what this has done to my mother. Because she is the one who found him. I am a mother myself and I can not imagine that horror. Obviously my brother had no gang ties, he didn’t do drugs. He was working on going to college. He was very close with older brother and myself. I had talked to him the day before. This was a complete shock and completely devastated our family. I understand there are millions of families out there who are or have gone through the same thing. For those “3” men to walk up and see my little brother, (who definitely didn’t look intimidating. he was tall but so skinny a hard breeze could push him over) and then just shoot him in the head for no reason. There was no reason for them to shoot him. He had no weapon and didn’t resist. They just shot him and left him in a computer chair sitting at computer. And one guy gets off clean, no prison time. Armstrong gets life in prison because he shot and killed someone else. And Knight gets 17.5 with the possibility of parole. Where is the justice in that?

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