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Two Muskogee Men Found Guilty Of Conspiracy To Tamper With A Witness

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 Muskogee residents Derrick Christopher Segue, age 26, and Klawaun Lynell Sutton, a/k/a “O.G.G.”, age 38, were each found guilty by a federal jury of Conspiracy To Tamper With A Witness. The jury trial began with testimony on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and concluded on Thursday, October 31, 2019 with the guilty verdicts. 

Evidence at trial proved that from on or about January 30, 2019, and continuing until on or about January 31, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendants, Klawaun Lynell Sutton, a/k/a “O.G.G.”, and Derrick Christopher Segue, did unlawfully, knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree to commit the following offense against the United States, to wit: Tampering With a Witness, Victim, and Informant by conspiring to intimidate, threaten, and corruptly persuade another person with the intent to cause and induce any person to withhold testimony from an official proceeding. 

Sutton and a Segue were told by another inmate in the jail that one of the people housed with them in the Muskogee County Jail had assisted the Muskogee Police Department in getting a search warrant for the inmate’s home.  The search warrant had resulted in charges against the inmate.  The law enforcement action was a part of a broad FBI and DEA investigation into drug trafficking in Muskogee.  Sutton directed Segue to attack the person who had assisted in the search warrant.

“Attempting to subvert justice through the use of violence or threats against a witness is a crime against the witness and an attack on our justice system. Those who carry out the violence, direct it, or participate in planning it are subject to prosecution. This verdict should send a message to those who think they can avoid justice by tampering with a witness.” said United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester. “I would like to thank the jurors for giving their time and attention to this case. Jury duty can be an inconvenience, but it is essential to the American Justice System that members of the community willingly serve as jurors.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the trial and ordered the completion of presentence reports for each defendant. Sentencings will be scheduled following the completion of the presentence reports. 

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

Updated December 20, 2019

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