Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Vian, Sallisaw Women Caught Harboring Fugitive

Two women from Vian and Sallisaw were arrested Jan. 27 and charged with harboring a fugitive from justice, according to court records.

LaDonna Cato, 42, and Tanya Morris, 44, each face 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the felony charge. Morris was also charged with the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine.

On Jan. 27, a Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy went to a residence after receiving information that Jeff Gentry was there. Gentry had a valid felony warrant through Sequoyah County. When law enforcement arrived, Gentry was looking out the back of the residence. The officers went to the front door and made contact with Morris, who let them into the home. They went through to the back door, where they put Gentry in hand restraints.

While at the residence, officers spoke with Morris outside. She stated that she knew Gentry had stolen a truck, trailer and tractor. She said she had been staying at her aunt’s house to try and get clean but had come back to Cato’s residence and Gentry was there. She was then placed under arrest.

While walking Gentry to a patrol vehicle, the deputy made contact with Cato, the homeowner, who was immediately placed under arrest for allegedly allowing Gentry to hide from law enforcement at her residence.

In an interview, Gentry said Cato had actually taken him to a residence in LeFlore County after he had run from law enforcement after allegedly stealing a truck, flatbed trailer and tractor.

Gentry was then transported to the Sequoyah County Detention Center.

Once at the jail, a search of Morris’ right front jacket pocket turned up a used hypodermic needle.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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