Brett K Hickman28, was sentenced to 450 months in prison — or 37.5 years — according to federal court records Southern District of Mississippi. That ruling comes after the defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse of a child in July as part of a settlement with prosecutors.
Hickman was arrested in June 2019 following the death of a 2-year-old child who lived at his home in the Tucker Community of the Choctaw Indian Reservation, the DOJ said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Choctaw Police Department investigated the case, according to court records, and then presented evidence to the grand jury. A federal grand jury initially indicted Hickman for first-degree murder and then for sexually abusing a child the following month.
However, investigations continued and a substitute charge was filed in the case in March 2021.
The details of the case had been kept under wraps up to that point, but this two-page indictment gave a first glimpse of the allegations.
Hickman “willfully, willfully, maliciously and willfully and maliciously afterwards unlawfully killed KF, a small Choctaw woman, by striking her in the abdomen and banging her head on the ground,” said count one. The second charge related to KF’s sexual assault “with intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or satisfy the sexual desire of any person,” according to court documents. And the third count, not included in the original indictment, was the sexual assault of a second underage woman under the age of 12.
The sentencing guidelines for the first charge called for life imprisonment; Counts two and three each carried a minimum sentence of 30 years behind bars.
Hickmans plea Demands that the defendant plead guilty to one of the charges of sexual assault as well as the charge of murder. However, prosecutors agreed to lower the charge from first-degree murder to second-degree murder, meaning Hickman might not spend the rest of his life in prison.
Hickman had been locked up in prison Madison County Jail but is now being transferred to a federal facility to serve out his sentence.
The Defendant’s Substitute Charge and Defense Agreement are below:
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