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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wagoner Man Pleads Guilty To Multiple Firearms Charges

Charges Include Firearm Possession, Unregistered Destructive Device And Firearm With Obliterated Serial Number

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced today that WILLIAM HENRY CRAIG, age 26, of Wagoner, Oklahoma, pled guilty to three counts: POSSESSION OF AN UNREGISTERED DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE and POSSESSION OF AN UNREGISTERED FIREARM, both in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5861(d), 5841 and 5871, punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $10,000 fine or both and POSSESSION OF FIREARM WITH AN OBLITERATED SERIAL NUMBER, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(k) and 924(a)(1)(B), punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine or both.

The Indictment alleged that on or about April 5, 2016, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, WILLIAM HENRY CRAIG, did knowingly possess a destructive device, known as a cricket device, which is a firearm, as defined in Title 26, United States Code, Section 5845, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

It further alleged that on or about April 5, 2016, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did knowingly possess a CGC (Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos), Model 151, 20 gauge shotgun, with a barrel of less than 18 inches in length and an overall length of less than 26 inches, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration Transfer Record and the manufacturer’s serial number had been removed, altered and obliterated.

Charges arose from an investigation by the Wagoner Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.  The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service, pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Updated September 29, 2016