Indian Brotherhood gangster shot woman tied to a tree, will now serve life in prison

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

A member of the Indian Brotherhood was sentenced to life in prison this week for his role in two separate homicides. 33-year-old Matthew Onesimo Armstrong, of Seminole, Oklahoma, had previously pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, and gun and drug charges.

The charges arose from investigations by the Seminole Nation Lighthorse Police Department, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the FBI. Armstrong is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe and the crimes occurred in Seminole County, within the boundaries of the Seminole Nation Reservation.

Doing ‘work’ for the Indian Brotherhood

10946561298?profile=RESIZE_400xIn May 2015, Armstrong (right) received orders from the Indian Brotherhood to question Scotty Candler about an unrelated homicide. Armstrong and another individual went to Candler’s residence carrying firearms. Candler opened the door and his two dogs ran out. Armstrong fired two shots outside Candler’s home. According to Armstrong, the other individual then went inside and shot Candler, killing him.

In 2017, Armstrong was involved in the smuggling of methamphetamine and other contraband for the Indian Brotherhood into various prisons. Sometime during the weekend of April 14-16, 2017, he had a dispute with Nicole Owl who was staying with Armstrong at his residence.

On April 16, Armstrong and another individual took Owl into a wooded area behind Armstrong’s residence and Armstrong tied Nicole Owl to a tree. Armstrong and the other individual then left Nicole Owl tied to the tree for several hours into the evening. Armstrong, with a rifle, and the other individual then returned to the tree where Nicole Owl was tied. Armstrong asked the other individual if he wanted to shoot Nicole Owl. The other individual said “No.” Armstrong then shot Nicole Owl twice, killing her.


On October 20, 2021, Armstrong pleaded guilty to murder in Indian Country, kidnapping, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine for the 2017 murder of Nicole Owl. That same day, he also pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm in Indian Country and use, carry, and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, for his role in the 2015 murder of Scotty Candler.

Armstrong will remain in custody pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve his non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

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