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Two Tahlequah Men Sentenced For Stolen Firearms Conspiracy

July 10, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that TYLER BRENT STACEY, age 20 and MOHAMMAD ZIYADA, a.k.a. "MOE", age 21, both of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, were sentenced for Conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

STACEY was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release and ZIYADA was sentenced to 51 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. The defendants were also ordered to pay $76,378.27 in restitution.

Charges arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Violent Crime Task Force, which includes; Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, District 27 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, the Tahlequah Police Department and the Muskogee Police Department. The defendants were indicted in January, 2013 and pled guilty in February, 2013.

The Indictment alleged that beginning on an unknown date and time, but at least as early as November 26, 2011, and continuing through at least on or about June 29, 2012, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendants did knowingly and intentionally conspire, confederate and agree with each other, and others both known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to knowingly possess firearms with reasonable cause to believe the firearms were stolen.

It is further alleged that between November 26, 2011, and December 3, 2011, the defendants participated in the burglary of residence located in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, during which approximately fifty firearms, including two fully automatic weapons and one short barreled rifle, were stolen and then received, concealed, stored, bartered, sold or disposed of those stolen firearms.

The Honorable James H. Payne, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Both defendants will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which they will serve their nonparolable sentences.

Assistant United States Attorney Kyle Waters represented the United States.

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