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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Konawa Man Sentenced To 18 Months For Firearm Possession

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Joe William Cooper, age 59, of Konawa, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). The charge arose from an investigation by the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Indictment alleged that on or about May 29, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Joe William Cooper, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed in and affecting commerce, a firearm which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

“The public is best served when law enforcement agencies from state, local, federal, and tribal jurisdictions work together. This investigation started with a deputy from the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office and then further investigation was completed by ATF agents,” United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said. “Because of their joint efforts, members of this office were able to enforce a federal statute which prohibits felons from possessing a firearm, and as a result, the public is safer.” 

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 May 11, 2018