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Haskell County Resident Sentenced For Federal Firearm Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Cortez Deron Fulsom, age 35, of Kinta, Oklahoma, was sentenced 120 months imprisonment for shooting and injuring another Haskell County resident.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Haskell County Sheriff’s Office, the District 18 Narcotics Task Force, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

On November 10, 2022, Fulsom entered a plea of guilty to one count of Use, Carry, Brandish, and Discharge of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.  At the plea hearing, Fulsom admitted to intentionally shooting the victim with a firearm with intent to do bodily injury.  According to investigators, on March 22, 2019, Fulsom approached the victim at a Haskell County residence and fired multiple rounds at the victim.  The victim wrestled the gun away from Fulsom but sustained a non-fatal gunshot injury during the struggle.  Fulsom fled the scene and was later apprehended by law enforcement with the assistance of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The crime occurred in Haskell County, within the boundaries of the Choctaw Nation Reservation, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the sentencing hearing in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Fulsom will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan Conway and Cameron McEwen represented the United States.

Updated December 20, 2023

Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime