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Okmulgee Man Sentenced To 168 Months, Supervision For Life For Material Involving Sexual Exploitation Of Minors

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 John Carl Berryhill, age 53, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment, and life supervised release for Possession Of Certain Material Involving The Sexual Exploitation Of Minors, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252(a)(4)(B) and 2252(b)(2).

The Superseding Indictment alleged that from between on or about January 8, 2014 to on or about February 2, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, John Carl Berryhill, did knowingly possess, attempt to possess and access with intent to view, matters which contained visual depictions, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2256(5), which said visual depictions involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2256(2)(A)-(B), and said visual depictions were of such sexually explicit conduct and had been transported in interstate commerce by computer.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Berryhill’s sentence not only brings him to justice, but should serve as a warning and deterrent to others who might consider possessing child pornography. The FBI and the United States Attorney’s Office are committed to investigating and prosecuting those that exploit children, including those that possess, share, or view child pornography. I commend the FBI agents for their thorough and professional investigation, and the members of this office who worked diligently to prosecute Berryhill.”

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. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the nonparoleable sentence will be served.

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.

Updated January 5, 2018

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