You are here

Justice News

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Muskogee Man Sentenced To 120 Months For Firearm Possession

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that HANK JOSHUA BELL, age 34, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

Charges arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The defendant was indicted in November, 2014 and pled guilty in December, 2014.

The Indictment alleged that on or about October 8, 2014, 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, firearms, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Linda Epperley represented the United States.

Updated April 27, 2015