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Last Of Three Tahlequah Women Sentenced To 168 Months For Manufacture Of Methamphetamine Where Children Are Present Or Reside

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced the sentencings of BRENDA TONIECE VANN, age 54, ANDREW KELLI BRADDOCK, age 20, and LISA AUTUMN SHIANN CREECH, age 23, all of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in the case when a toddler was burned in a methamphetamine lab.

On October 8, 2013, BRADDOCK was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for Endangering Human Life While Illegally Manufacturing Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 858 and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

On September 20, 2013, VANN was sentenced to a total of 235 months imprisonment, followed by 8 years of supervised release for to Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, Manufacture of Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C) and Manufacture of Methamphetamine on Premises Where Children are Present or Reside, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 860(a), 841(b)(1)(C) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

On December 12, 2013, CREECH was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release for Manufacture of Methamphetamine on Premise Where Children are Present or Reside, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 860(a), 841(b)(1)(C) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

The charges are a result from an investigation by the District 27 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, the Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The defendants were indicted in March, 2013.

Braddock and Creech purchased pseudoephedrine which they provided to Vann, Creech’s mother. Vann used the pseudoephedrine to manufacture methamphetamine in a home shared by Creech and Creech’s child, who was at the time a toddler. The toddler received burns from the chemicals used to manufacture the methamphetamine. The child was treated at W.W. Hastings Hospital, an Indian Health Services Facility, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. As a result of the injuries to the child, each defendant received an enhanced sentence.

Mark Green, United States Attorney noted, “Having a child in a methamphetamine lab is reprehensible, those who harm a child in those circumstances will be held accountable”.

The Honorable James H. Payne, Chief District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the 3 hearings. The defendants will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which they will serve their nonparolable sentences.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

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