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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 25, 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana Man Sentenced To 63 Months For Possession Of Firearm, Ammunition

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Joseph Jay Johnson, age 40, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced to 63 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm & Ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) and 924(e). The charges arose from an investigation by the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Indictment alleged that on or about January 30, 2018, 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.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “This investigation began when a concerned citizen saw what appeared to be a violent interaction between the defendant and another. The responding Okmulgee County Deputy discovered the defendant, who had a former felony conviction, unlawfully possessed a weapon and ammunition. The ATF and this office assisted because it is a Department of Justice priority to help our state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to combat and reduce violent crime – a priority that we proudly and eagerly pursue.”

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 Dean Burris 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 22, 2019