Tonkawa man sentenced to serve 70 months in the death of his infant daughter

Oklahoma City_John C. Richter, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, announced today that Joseph Moses Begs-His-Own, 29, of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, was sentenced to serve 70 months in federal prison for manslaughter in the death of his infant daughter.

Begs-His-Own was an enrolled member of the Sioux Nation and his three month old infant daughter was eligible for enrollment as a member of the Sioux Nation.  Begs-His-Own lived on Tonkawa Tribal land at the Fort Oakland Indian Housing Area in Tonkawa, Oklahoma.  Last November, Begs-His-Own stipulated that on July 3, 2004, while acting recklessly, with extreme disregard for human life, in the heat of passion and without malice, he caused the death of his daughter.  Evidence showed that the child died from severe head trauma. At a bench trial before Chief United States District Judge Robin J. Cauthron, Begs-His-Own was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

Today, Judge Cauthron sentenced Begs-His-Own to serve 70 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Sengel.