A Sand Springs, Oklahoma man was convicted in federal court on Friday of robbery and assault of a gas station owner, acting US Attorney Clint Johnson announced.
US District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Camaran Blake Breazeale, 30, to a total of 15 years in federal prison. He received 96 months for robbery in Indian country and 84 months for carrying, using and brandishing a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime. Judge Frizzell also ordered the defendant to pay $100,000 in damages.
“Camaran Breazeale’s vicious attack in this case resulted in life-changing injuries to the elderly victim,” said US Attorney Clint Johnson. “As evidenced by these charges and the 15-year federal prison sentence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners in the Northern County of Oklahoma will not tolerate those who commit acts of violence in our communities.”
On July 13, 2021, the Sand Springs Police Department responded to a man, later identified as Breazeale, loitering at a gas station, A&S Fuels. An officer arrived and ordered Breazeale to leave the property. About twenty minutes later, the defendant returned to the gas station and said to the owner, “This is my business. Give me everything now.” According to court documents, video footage showed Breazeale punching the defendant multiple times and knocking him out. He then grabbed a shotgun and used the firearm’s butt to repeatedly hit the victim in the head, saying, “Stop it, don’t move or I’ll shoot you.” Breazeale then took cash from the register and exited Station.
Sand Springs Police Department located Breazeale near the gas station after a customer reported a man lying on the ground covered in blood. The officer then rendered assistance to the victim, who was lying unconscious in the store with multiple injuries. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance.
The victim has suffered the loss of an eye, disfigurement, multiple major surgeries, and other hardships. Assistant US Attorney Thomas Buscemi said in court documents that to understand the horrifying scale of the attack, one had to watch the surveillance video that recorded the crime.
Breazeale is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and the crime occurred on the Muscogee Nation reservation.
The FBI and Sand Springs Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant US Attorneys Thomas E. Buscemi and Victor AS Régal prosecuted the case.