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Tahlequah Man Sentenced To 12 Months For Misprision Of A Felony

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Robert Prag, age 46, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment and 1 year of supervised release for Misprision of a Felony, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 4. The charges arose from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”).

The Indictment alleged that between April 26, 2017 and June 20, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having knowledge of the actual commission of an Arson, a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, concealed it by disposing of evidence related to the Arson, and did not as soon as possible make it known to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States.

The investigation and prosecution of Prag is related to the Arson that occurred on April 26, 2017 that extensively damaged the Sherwin Williams located in Tahlequah. Matt Smith was convicted and sentenced for the Arson on October 16, 2018. The Arson was investigated by the Tahlequah Police and Fire Departments, the Broken Arrow Police Department, the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal, the Cherokee County Sherriff’s Office, and the ATF.

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 February 11, 2019

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