Monday, August 15, 2016

Cookson Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Muskogee announced Monday that Leon Richard Autry, 42, of Cookson entered a guilty plea to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The first is punishable by not less than five years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fire or both, and the second is punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, or both. 

The Indictment, filed in April, alleges that on or about March 2 in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did possess firearms, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, and did possess those firearms in furtherance of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a drug trafficking crime for which he may be prosecuted in a U.S. court.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Tahlequah Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Judge Kimberly E. West accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report. The defendant will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending sentencing.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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