A man from Kansas, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Tulsa to his involvement in a fatal shootout with law enforcement officers under a plea deal that requires him to serve seven years from prison.
Joseph Alfred Hansen, 33, admitted to helping a man reload his pistol after the man shot law enforcement officers as the couple were chased in a vehicle on November 1, 2020, in the county of Delaware.
Trifton Wacoche, 26, who was with Hansen and who shot officers, prosecutors said, died in the shooting near Kenwood.
Hansen initially faced first degree murder charges in Delaware County District Court in connection with the fatal shooting.
The state’s charges were then dismissed based on the McGirt ruling of the United States Supreme Court after Hansen challenged the state’s jurisdiction to prosecute him since Wacoche was an American Indian and the death occurred in “Indian country”, in this case the Cherokee Nation reserve.
A federal grand jury named Hansen on March 22 in a three-count indictment that alleged second degree murder in an Indian country, assault with intent to commit murder and the wearing, use and the unloading of a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime.
Hansen accepted the plea deal after prosecutors filed a criminal information on July 22, accusing Hansen only of carrying, using and brandishing a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime.