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Stilwell man sentenced to life in prison for second degree murder

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - Earl McAlister, 55, of Stilwell has been sentenced to life imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release for second degree murder.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

McAlister entered a guilty plea to Information filed in August 2022 alleging that on or about November 17, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, Earl McAlister, a non-Indian, with malice aforethought, did unlawfully kill Randolph England, an Indian.

The investigation revealed that McAlister shot England two times. After which, McAlister along with others drove to his “compound,” placed the victim’s body on a burn pile with tires and set him on fire until nothing was left but bone fragments and teeth. McAlister then dumped the victim’s remains down a ravine in a plastic container. Investigators were able to identify the victim by comparing dental records.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma prosecuted the case because the victim in this case was a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe and the crime occurred in Adair County, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation Reservation and within the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

“The life sentence imposed by the Court is fitting punishment for the defendant’s vicious acts,” said United States Attorney Christopher Wilson. “I am thankful for the cooperative efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement in working this case. Investigating and prosecuting violent crimes like this one will continue to be a priority for the United States Attorney’s Office.”

“The murder of Randolph England was senseless and horrific, but today’s sentencing ensures the defendant will remain safely away from the public for the rest of his life,” said FBI Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray. “The FBI will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to investigate the most serious crimes in Indian Country.”

McAlister will remain in custody pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve his non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

KXMX Staff Writer

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