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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tahlequah Man Pleads Guilty To Firearm Possession

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that MARK ALAN FRENCH, age 48, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, pled guilty to PROHIBITED PERSON IN POSSESSION OF FIREARM, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(9) and 924(a)(2), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to $250,000.00 fine or both.

The Indictment alleged that from on or about January 2, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, firearms which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Stilwell Police Department, the Adair County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

Updated May 26, 2016