Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Vian Man Sentenced

Tyler Wayne Jones

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Muskogee announced Tuesday that Tyler Wayne Jones, 24, of Vian was sentenced to three years probation for Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property in relation to six zero-turn mowers stolen in Sallisaw.

The Indictment alleged that on April 15, 2015, Jones unlawfully transported the six mowers, valued at $5,000 or more, knowing the same to have been stolen.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Sallisaw Police Department, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Smith Police Department, the Sebastian County Sherriff’s Office, the Poteau Police Department, and the District 27 Drug Task Force.

U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “This investigation and prosecution is a great example of the results that occur when citizens freely share information they believe to be suspicious and multiple law enforcement agencies from different jurisdictions work together. Officers and investigators from each jurisdiction that assisted in this case played a critical role in the thorough, professional investigation that allowed this office to prosecute Jones. I commend the officers for their work and those citizens that provided information that lead to Jones’s arrest.”

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White presided over the hearing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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