TULSA, Okla. — A man accused of killing a Pawhuska oilman has entered a not guilty plea in federal court.
According to court records, Jeremy Reece entered the plea on Dec. 20 before Magistrate Judge Paul Cleary in the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Along with his brother Tyler, Jeremy Reece has been in custody for more than four years in connection with the September 2015 death of Rick Holt, whose body was found on restricted Indian land northwest of Hominy with bullet wounds to the neck, shoulders and head.
The Reece brothers are citizens of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Holt’s body was found on Osage land, thus opening the door for proceedings in federal or tribal court under the Major Crimes Act.
Jeremy Reece faces a single count of second degree murder which, under the federal sentencing guidelines, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. With the federal charge now pending, he is currently being held without bond at the David L. Moss Detention Center.
Meanwhile, a preliminary hearing for Tyler Reece is still scheduled for Jan. 22 in Osage County District Court. He still faces one count each of first degree murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit murder and corpse desecration.
Under Oklahoma statute, Tyler Reece could receive up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $5,000 for conspiracy to commit murder if found guilty, plus up to 20 years’ imprisonment for kidnapping.
The Osage Nation filed first degree homicide charges in May 2016 to ensure the brothers remained in custody after the state of Oklahoma missed an appeal deadline.
If convicted in tribal court, the brothers could face up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and banishment from Osage lands for 20 years.