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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Two Seminole Men Sentenced For Drug Conpiracy

Defendants receive sentences of 92 and 120 months

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that BRANDON LEE DEATHERAGE, age 40, and SHAWN ASHLEY DEATHERAGE, a/k/a Shawn Ashley Thomas, age 39, both of Seminole, Oklahoma, were sentenced on June 9, 2016, in federal court for DRUG CONSPIRACY, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A).

BRANDON LEE DEATHERAGE was sentenced to 92 months imprisonment.  SHAWN ASHLEY DEATHERAGE, a/k/a Shawn Ashley Thomas, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment.

The Indictment alleged that beginning in or about April 2015, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, and continuing until on or about September 2015, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendants did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree together, and with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to commit offenses against the United States, to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance.

The charges arose from an investigation by the McAlester Police Department, District 18 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, Seminole Nation Lighthorse Police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Seminole Police Department, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, United States Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Honorable James H. Payne, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearings.  The defendants will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which they will serve their nonparoleable sentences.

Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

Updated June 13, 2016