Harold Kenneth Cooper III, 33, of Cherokee, was convicted on Friday, May 3 in the Cherokee Court for Probation Violation, Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and two counts of Second Degree Trespass, and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. The sentence was issued by the Honorable Danny Davis, Cherokee Court Judge.
Tribal Prosecutor Jason Smith stated, “I want to thank the Cherokee Indian Police Department and Detective Roger Neadeau for his hard work in the investigation of this case which helped make this conviction possible. I would also like to thank John Nations and Cherokee Tribal Probation as well as John Ayers of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino for their work on this case. This case involved a serious assault by an individual who was already on Tribal Probation, and the defendant was sentenced to the maximum possible punishment for an offense available under Cherokee and Federal law. Our thoughts go out to the victim and the family as they recover in the aftermath of this terrible crime.”
This case marks yet another occasion in the Cherokee Court in which a defendant has received a felony-level punishment of greater than one year imprisonment since the enactment of the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act in 2010.
– Office of the Tribal Prosecutor