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Wetumka Resident Sentenced For Firearms Offenses

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 Carl Lloyd True, age 56, of Wetumka, Oklahoma, was sentenced on June 16, 2023, for firearm offenses.  True was sentenced to sixteen months in prison for one count of Making a False Statement During the Acquisition of a Firearm and sixteen months for one count of being a Prohibited Person Receiving and Possessing Firearms and Ammunition.  The sentences will run concurrently.

The charges arose from investigations by the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On February 21, 2023, True pleaded guilty to False Statement During the Acquisition of a Firearm and Prohibited Person Receiving and Possessing Firearms and Ammunition.  In June of 2022, True was charged in the District Court of Hughes County, Oklahoma, with felony Domestic Assault and Battery by Strangulation.  Within days of being released on bond in that case, True provided false information on the ATF Firearm Transaction Record so he could illegally purchase two firearms despite being under information for the felony offense.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy based on fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

“Investigating and prosecuting what we refer to as ‘lie and buy offenses’ is a priority of the Department of Justice,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson. “In this case, the defendant could not obtain a firearm because he was charged in state court with a felony crime. He provided false information to the licensed gun dealer in order to obtain two firearms.”

The Honorable John F. Heil, III, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearings in Muskogee.  True will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

Assistant United States Attorney Edith A. Singer represented the United States.

Updated July 5, 2023

Topic
Firearms Offenses