Wilson pleads guilty, St. John applies for court appointed attorney

Former Osage Nation Tribal Works Director, Daniel St. John, pleaded not guilty today. He applied for a court appointed attorney and ON Trial Court Judge Marvin Stepson will have to approve. 

St. John is due back for a no issue disposition on Sept. 11. Former ON Maintenance worker, Wayne Wilson, pleaded guilty and was given a six month deferred sentence (probation) and ordered to pay $55 in court costs and $838.60 in restitution. He is due back in court on Feb. 12, 2015.

”The main thing I wanted to get was restitution back to the Nation,” said ON Attorney General Jeff Jones. 

On July 22, Jones filed a criminal complaint in ON Trial Court against Wilson for larceny. He filed a criminal complaint against St. John for criminal conspiracy.

According to the affidavit, St. John instructed Wilson to deconstruct the sewage tank on Jan. 13. Wilson then transported the metal to Frailey’s Recycling in Turley, Okla., on at least three separate occasions, profiting $838.60. The money was then divided between Wilson and Samuel Brothers, who is Wilson’s neighbor in the Pawhuska Indian Village, and no money was returned to the Nation. Wilson admitted he sold the tank as scrap metal and profited from the sale, according to the affidavit.

St. John said he authorized Wilson to deconstruct the tank but not to sell it as scrap metal and was unaware Wilson had sold it, according to the affidavit.