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More Legal Trouble Ahead For Father In Cherokee Adoption Case

Dusten Brown with his daughter, Veronica, before her return to her adoptive parents in South Carolina.
Cherokee Nation

Oklahoma’s governor is looking for ways to keep the father of a Cherokee girl from facing charges in South Carolina.

Dusten Brown, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, faces felony charges related to his fight to keep custody of his daughter, Veronica. This week, he turned her over to Matt and Melanie Capobianco, Veronica’s adoptive  parents.

Governor Mary Fallin signed an extradition order September 4th to force Brown to face charges of “custodial interference” in a South Carolina court. A spokesman for Fallin says the governor’s hope is that Brown will not have to go there.

An extradition hearing is set for October 3rd in Oklahoma. If he is convicted of the felony charges, Brown could face five years in prison and an end to his career in the Oklahoma National Guard.


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