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Two Individuals Indicted In December Federal Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2013

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office announced today the results of the December 2013 Federal Grand Jury.

“The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury. A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt. A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Statutory maximum punishments are in parentheses. United States Sentencing Guidelines may be considered, upon conviction, by the sentencing court. Federal prison sentences are non-parolable.”

 

MICHAEL WAYNE CHERRY, age 47, of Muskogee, OK

Felon in Possession of a Firearm

The Indictment alleges that on or about September 4, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant MICHAEL WAYNE CHERRY, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, the following firearm, to-wit: one Mossberg model 500A, 12 gauge pump action shotgun, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The charge is in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow

 

BYRON WAYNE LADNER, age 49, of Beggs, OK

Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Felon in Possession of Ammunition
Possession of Body Armor by Violent Felon

The Indictment alleges that between in or about December, 2012, and November 19, 2013 within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm and ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce. It further alleges that on or about November 19, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of Pointing a Firearm, a crime of violence as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 16, punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess body armor.

The charges arose from an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation. The charges are in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine and Title 18, United States Code, Sections 931 and 924(a)(7), punishable by not more than 3 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow

 

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