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Tahlequah Man Sentenced To 12 Months 1 Day For Firearm Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma
Defendant Also Ordered To Resign From Bar Association

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Haskell Doak Willis, age 65, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day of 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). Willis was also ordered to resign as a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. The charges arose from an investigation by the Tahlequah Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Indictment alleged that on August 26, 2019, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, and knowing of said conviction, knowingly possessed in and affecting commerce, a firearm which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “The Department of Justice is committed to working with state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to make communities safer. Enforcing federal gun laws is an effective strategy to do that.”

“ATF is committed to keeping illegal firearms and Narcotics off the streets of Tahlequah. Mr Willis, as a practicing attorney, knew these risks better than anyone. He will now know what it feels like to be on the other side of the law,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek II.
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. First Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States at the sentencing hearing.

Updated June 24, 2020

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