Oklahoma man sentenced in coercion and assault a Warm Springs woman
Alfred Dee Kaulaity, 46, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, will spend the next six-and-a-half years in prison, the maximum allowed, and another two years on post-prison supervision for kidnapping and tormenting an Indigenous woman from Warm Springs. A Jefferson County jury found the defendant guilty of coercion and fourth-degree felony assault, and not guilty of second-degree kidnapping. According to a media release from Jefferson County District Attorney Steven Leriche, the victim "courageously testified about being brutally beaten and bitten by Kaulaity as he tormented her over the course of several hours while driving around in a van."
The release goes on to say the victim was able to bolt from the van and run to the home of Lyle Clark, a person she did not know.Clark took her in, called the police and waited with the victim until police arrived.Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Lanier responded to the call.
"Deputy Lanier's investigation was thorough," said Leriche, "but most noteworthy was the amount of care and empathy he showed the victim."Madras Police and Warm Spring Police participated in the investigation. Warm Spring Police investigated other acts of domestic violence involving Kaulaity, who will face additional charges in federal court.Collaboration between JCSO, MPD, and WSPD, the Portland Office of the U.S. Attorney Leriche said, "demonstrated a major commitment to ensuring the safety of indigenous women on the Warm Spring Reservation." "Missing and murdered Indigenous woman are important," said Leriche, "And any person who feels they are in an unsafe situation should contact their local law enforcement office."
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