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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Okmulgee Man Sentenced To 210 Months For Possession Of Firearm, Ammunition

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Michael Leon Johnson, age 64, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 210 months imprisonment, and 5 years 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)(1). The charges arose from an investigation by the Okmulgee Police Department, the Sallisaw Police Department, the Cherokee Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Indictment alleged that from on or about June 30, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Michael Leon Johnson, 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 office is committed to using its resources to protect the public from violent criminals. One way that we do that is by enforcing the federal firearms statutes that prohibit felons from possessing firearms. Reference to 924(e)(1) in the indictment filed against Mr. Johnson means that he had three previous convictions for a violent felony or a serious drug offense, or both. The law therefore required that his minimum sentence be 15 years in the Bureau of Prisons. This investigation and prosecution will protect the public from future harm from the defendant. This multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional investigation was a great demonstration of professional teamwork and cooperation that resulted in a safer community.”

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.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Updated March 26, 2018