Carnegie Man to Serve 42 Months in Prison for Illegal Possession
of Firearms and Ammunition on Indian Land
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Earlier this week, JAMES HARWOOD HALBERG, 37, from Carnegie, Oklahoma, was sentenced by United States District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti to serve 42 months in prison for being a prior convicted felon illegally in possession of firearms and ammunition at his home near Carnegie, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
According to Court records, on June 24, 2009, law enforcement performed a traffic stop involving Halberg. Halberg admitted that he had a shotgun at his residence. Further investigation revealed that Halberg had previously been convicted of a felony and that he had the following firearms and ammunition illegally in his possession at his home, located approximately one half mile south of the Kiowa Tribal Headquarters on allotted Indian Country trust lands, near Carnegie, in Caddo County:
- .357 magnum revolver
- 22 caliber revolver
- 12-gauge shotgun
- multiple rounds of ammunition (including .38 caliber, .22 caliber, and .357 caliber bullets in addition to a 12-gage slug and buckshot round
Halberg was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 7, 2011, for being a convicted felon illegally in possession of firearms and ammunition, manufacturing methamphetamine, and maintaining a drug premises. On August 3, 2011, Halberg pled guilty to being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm, with the remaining counts to be dismissed if he complied with the terms of his plea agreement. At the sentencing hearing, Judge DeGiusti took into consideration Halberg’s possession of the guns and ammunition in connection with another felony offense, in this case - drug trafficking connected with his operation of a methamphetamine lab.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Comanche Nation Tribal Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvo Q. Mikkanen.