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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ringling Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Receipt of Firearm

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that CODY BRANSON BARNES, age 22, of Ringling, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Illegal Receipt of a Firearm by a Person Under Felony Indictment or Information, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(n) and 924(a)(1)(D).

The charge arose from an investigation by the Ardmore Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The defendant was indicted in July, 2014.

The Indictment alleged that on or about January 31, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, who was then under indictment and information for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, namely, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, in the District Court of Jefferson County, Case No. CF-13-37, willfully received a firearm which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 5 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000.00 fine. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

Updated March 19, 2015