Friday, December 23, 2016

President Commutes Muldrow Man’s Sentence

President Barack Obama granted clemency to 231 individuals on Monday, including seven Oklahomans, one of whom is from Muldrow.

Daryl Lain Hook, now 68, was sentenced on April 2, 1998, at the age of 48, to 24 years and four months in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Muskogee.

He is serving the sentence in the federal prison USP Lompoc in Lompoc, Calif.

President Obama commuted the prison sentence to expire on April 18, 2017.

According to appeals court records, Hook was arrested as the result of a 1996 investigation into the sale of large quantities of methamphetamine in Fort Smith and in eastern Oklahoma.

A suspect implicated Hook as the source of the methamphetamine. A search of Hook’s home in Muldrow found Hook working at a lab table in a hidden room adjacent to the kitchen, $3,160 in cash, a loaded .22 caliber Beretta semi-automatic pistol, and everything needed for an operational and fully functioning methamphetamine laboratory, including equipment, chemicals, and finished product.

A grand jury indicted Hook for manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony, and he entered a conditional plea to the drug counts.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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