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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Stonewall Man Sentenced To 87 Months For Possession Of Firearms, Silencer

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Carl Martin Ross, Jr., age 53, of Stonewall, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 87 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2); and for Possession Of Unregistered  Silencer, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5861(d), 5841, 5845(a) and 5871. Ross was found guilty after a non-jury trial on August 28, 2018. The verdict and sentence was the result of an investigation by the Pontotoc County Sherriff’s Office, the Pushmataha County Sherriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Indictment alleged and evidence at trial proved that on or about October 7, 2017 the defendant, who had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed numerous firearms that had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce. Evidence also proved the allegations of the second count of the Indictment, that the defendant knowingly possessed a silencer, which is a firearm, as defined in Title 26, United States Code, Section 5845, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. 

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “This office and our federal law enforcement partners are committed to working with local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to make communities in the Eastern District safer. This verdict is a result of that commitment and the cooperative work of numerous agencies.”

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 April 2, 2019