An Oklahoma woman, Amanda Myrene Fields Moffett, has pleaded guilty in federal court to accidentally shooting and killing her teenage daughter, Laramie Moffett. The incident occurred on October 5, 2018, on the family’s property in Nowata, Oklahoma. Laramie, who was 16 years old at the time, was outside trying to protect kittens from a stray dog when her mother opened fire. Amanda Moffett admitted that she did not check if her daughter was outside before discharging the firearm.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma announced that Laramie was tragically struck by a stray bullet and died as a result. Amanda Moffett, a registered member of the Cherokee Nation, was charged in federal court due to the 2020 ruling that designated nearly all of eastern Oklahoma as an Indian reservation, preventing local authorities from prosecuting tribal members for crimes.
In her plea agreement, Moffett acknowledged being “grossly negligent” when she discharged the handgun. She stated that she believed she was shooting at the stray dog, unaware that her daughter was in the line of fire. U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson criticized Moffett for her irresponsible use of a lawfully owned firearm, emphasizing the importance of caution when handling guns.
Moffett currently faces up to eight years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in Indian country. However, no sentencing date has been announced. She is currently out of jail on supervised release.
Laramie Moffett was described by her family as someone who loved animals and participated in activities such as bull riding and barrel racing. The tragic incident has left her family devastated, and they remember her as always having a smile on her face.