Man sentenced for Delaware County murder and assault
A man from Jay, Oklahoma was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for shooting and killing his mother and wounding a second family member.
“Christopher Weeley fatally shot his mother and seriously wounded a second family member at a home in Jay in 2021. My thoughts are with the family and the second victim as she continues her long-term recovery,” said U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “Weeley will serve 24 years in prison for the harm he has caused to his family. My office remains steadfast in its commitment to seek justice for victims affected by violence.”
“The outcome of this case is a direct result of the excellent partnership we have with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma,” said FBI Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray. “Today’s sentence ensures Christopher Weeley will be brought to justice for his horrific crime and hopefully begins the healing process for his grieving family.”
U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Christopher Leo Weeley, 42, to 24 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.
During sentencing, Weeley, a long time drug user, apologized to his family although they were not in attendance. He told the court that he heard drugs did horrible things to families but didn’t think it would ever happen within his own family. He called the crimes a nightmare he couldn’t take back.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Roberts shared with the court that the surviving victim continues to receive treatment for her injuries. He further relayed that she could not bring herself to come to the hearing because she felt it would harm her emotionally at this time.
Weeley, at a previous hearing, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in Indian Country and assault with intent to commit murder in Indian Country.
Weeley admitted that on March 6, 2021, he killed his mother, Annie Marie Weeley, by shooting her with a firearm. He also admitted to shooting a second family member two times during the incident.
On March 6, 2021, a Delaware County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a home in Jay. While en route, he received a radio call advising him there was a report of shots fired at the home with two possible victims. When he arrived at 11:17 pm, he found Mrs. Weeley wounded and unresponsive on the floor and a second family member on the couch with gunshot wounds to her stomach and lower back.
The two victims were transported to the hospital, where the mother was pronounced dead. The second victim underwent emergency surgery.
The FBI and Delaware County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan M. Roberts is prosecuting the case.
If you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced family violence, you are not alone, and there are services available to help. The following agencies provide phone lines to victims in northeastern Oklahoma:
– Cherokee Nation One Fire, located in Tahlequah:24 hour line 918-772-4260.
– Muscogee Nation Family Violence Prevention Program, located in Okmulgee and other satellite offices: 24-hour line 918- 732-7979
-The Delaware Tribe of Indians Family and Children, located in Bartlesville: 24-Hour line: 918-331-7349
All three of the above agencies assist Indian and non-Indian victims.
-Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) located in Tulsa: 24-hour line 918.7HELP.ME (918.743.5763).
-Tulsa’s Family Safety Center also provides assistance and resources to domestic violence victims Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm: (918) 742-7480. (this is NOT a 24 hour number).
-The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 800-799-7233 or text “start” to 88788.