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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Checotah Man Sentenced To 35 Months For Failure To Register As Sex Offender

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Jenadiah Ray Barnes, age 39, of Checotah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment, and 8 years supervised release for Failure To Register As Sex Offender, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2250(a)(1), 2250(a)(2)(B) and 2250(a)(3). The charge arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal’s Service, the McIntosh County Sherriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Marshals Service. 

The Indictment alleged that from in or about February 2017, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, until on or about August 1, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the defendant, Jenadiah Ray Barnes, a/k/a Jenediah Ray Barnes, a/k/a Jedediah Ray Barnes, an individual required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, after having received a felony conviction from the State of Tennessee in Wilson County on or about October 19, 1998, for the offense of Conspiracy to Commit Rape of  a Child, resided in Indian Country, and knowingly failed to register and update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. 

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “The law requires convicted sex offenders to register with the appropriate law enforcement agency. This allows law enforcement agencies to know where in their respective jurisdictions sex offenders reside. Because of a cooperative effort involving tribal, county, and federal law enforcement agencies, the defendant was located and will be held accountable for his failure to register.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.

Updated March 26, 2018