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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 15, 2016

Cookson Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Possession, Possession In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking Crime

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that LEON RICHARD AUTRY, age 42, of Cookson, Oklahoma, pled guilty to POSSESSION OF A FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF A DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A), punishable by not less than 5 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both and FELON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to $250,000.00 fine or both.

The Indictment filed April, 2016, alleges that on or about March 2, 2016, in 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, firearms, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce and did possess those firearms in furtherance of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, a drug trafficking crime for which he may be prosecuted in a court of the United States.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Tahlequah Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime
Updated August 15, 2016