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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Federal Grand Jury B Indictments Announced- March

Acting United States Attorney Clint Johnson today announced the results of the March 2021 Federal Grand Jury B.

The following individuals have been charged with violations of United States law in indictments returned by the Grand Jury. The return of an indictment is a method of informing a defendant of alleged violations of federal law, which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome a defendant’s presumption of innocence.

Eric Lee Adams. Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force and Threat in Indian Country; Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Indian Country. Adams, 42, of Pryor, allegedly threatened the victim with a knife, held it to her neck and raped her on Aug. 25, 2020. The Pryor Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Ricardo Avalos. Distribution of Methamphetamine; Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises. Avalos, 21, of Tulsa, is charged with distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on Jan. 14, 2021, and with maintaining a residence to distribute methamphetamine between Jan 14 and March 3, 2021. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Issac Eli Pigeon and Austin Avelar. Robbery in Indian Country; Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence. Pigeon, 18, and Austin Avelar, 18, both of Tulsa, allegedly aided and abetted one another during a robbery on Jan. 20, 2021.  The two men are also charged with brandishing a firearm during the crime. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Eric Steven Bentley, Nicole Marie Dileva, Derrick Wayne Deeds. Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Crimes; Felon in Possession of Firearms. Bentley, 34, Dileva, 34, and Deeds, 36, all of Bakersfield, California, are alleged to have aided and abetted each other to knowingly possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on Oct. 31, 2020. They are also charged with knowingly possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl on Oct. 31, 2020. The trio are also charged possession of firearms to further their drug trafficking crimes: a Herman Weihrauch .38 Special caliber revolver and a Jimenez Arms, Inc., 9mm Luger caliber semi-automatic pistol. Finally, Bentley is also charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. The Mannford Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Christine Marie Bowman and Rommel A. Navarro Jr. Child Abuse in Indian Country (COUNTS 1 and 2). Bowman and Navarro Jr. are each charged with aiding and abetting one another to commit child abuse. The defendants willfully and maliciously harmed and threatened harm to the health, safety, and welfare of a child under the age of 18 known to the Grand Jury, by striking and beating the child with a closed fist, belt, and hanger, and by wounding the child’s arms, abdomen, back, and legs. Navarro is also accused of feeding the child hot sauce. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Matthew Dewane Carter, Donovan Dale Freeman, Courtney Rochelle Littlefield, Jonathan Michael Griffin, and Caleb Ross Lewis. Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Drug Conspiracy; Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in Indian Country (2nd superseding). Carter, 32, of Pryor, Freeman, 28, of Choteau, Littlefield, 30, of Pryor,  Griffin, 36, of Madill, and Lewis, 44, of Pryor, are charged with conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Carter is charged with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Aug. 23, 2019, and Freeman and Littlefield are also charged with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine on Jan. 22, 2020. Finally, Carter is charged with assaulting an individual on Feb. 25, 2020, while in the Mayes County jail. The Mayes County Sheriff’s Office and Pryor Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Edgar Chairez, Jaylene Algarin-Mora, First Name/Last Name Unknown aka Lupita. Drug Conspiracy; Distribution of Heroin; Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute; Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises. Chairez, 19, of Tulsa, and FNU LNU aka Lupita are charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin. Chairez is charged with knowingly distributing heroin on Nov 18, 2020, and with knowingly possessing with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin on March 2, 2021. Chairez and Algarin-Mora,19, of Tulsa, are charged with maintaining a residence to for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing and using marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, and lysergic acid diethylamide. The Tulsa Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration are the investigative agencies.

Pamela Kathryn Conley. Bank Fraud (Counts 1-20); Aggravated Identity Theft (Counts 21-23) (superseding). In this superseding indictment, Conley, 58, of Catoosa, has been charged with defrauding ten Oklahoma banks when she falsified and submitted documents to apply for $879,015.02 in loans. From September 2016 to Feb. 23, 2021, Conley allegedly executed a scheme to enrich herself by knowingly submitting loan applications containing false income and employment information at ten banks and credit unions. According to the indictment, Conley forged earning statements which she provided to the financial institutions as proof of income. Conley falsified the statements to reflect that she held positions such as manager and chief financial officer, earning a salary of $200,000 or more annually or $18,000 a month.

The indictment alleges that on occasion, when loans were secured with collateral, Conley created fictitious lien releases for the collateral, using the notarized signature of unwitting financial institution employees. Conley then caused the bogus lien releases to be filed with the Oklahoma Tax Commission, which in turn provided Conley with titles to the collateral, free and clear of any liens.  Conley would then approach new lenders to obtain loans secured by collateral she did not own free and clear.  IRS-Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service are the investigative agencies. 

Johnny Little Cook. Murder – First Degree in Indian Country; Carrying, Using, Brandishing, and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence. On Feb 24, 2021, Cook, 43, of Tulsa, allegedly shot and killed Xzavior Frost. He is further charged with discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Kevin Tyler Foster. Murder – First Degree in Indian Country; Tampering with Documents and Proceedings by Corruptly Altering, Destroying, Mutilating, and Concealing a Record, Document, and Other Object. Foster, 35, of Bixby, is charged with deliberately and with premeditation shooting and killing Rick Swan on Nov. 15, 2018. He is further charged with setting fire to the victim’s recreational vehicle and body with intent to make it unavailable as evidence in the investigation. The Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Marvell William Gant. Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Gant, 39, of Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Hi-Point 9x19mm semi-automatic rifle. The Tulsa Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Omar Heriberto Garcia-Luna. Unlawful Reentry of Removed Alien; Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by an Alien Illegally in the United States (superseding). Garcia-Luna, 20, of Tulsa, was allegedly found to be in the United States illegally after being deported in April 2020. He is further charged with being a felon in possession of a CANIK 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and 18 rounds of ammunition. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Christopher Hanks; Leonard Loyd Martin; Billie Jo Bunch. Hanks, 47, of Casa Grande, Arizona, and Martin, 59, and Bunch, 39, both of Mountain View, Missouri, are charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, and Oklahoma City Police Department conducted the investigation.

Shane Michael Hannaford. Bank Fraud (Counts 1-10). Hannaford, 39, of Tulsa, allegedly planned and executed multiple schemes to defraud investors and their banks of approximately $607, 170.61. The FBI is the investigative agency.

Joseph Alfred Hansen. Second Degree Murder in Indian Country; Assault with Intent to Commit Murder; Carrying, Using, and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence. Hanson, 33, of Kansas, Oklahoma, is charged with willfully engaging in a felony that resulted in the death of Trifton Wacoche on Nov. 1, 2020. Hanson is further charged with aiding and abetting Wacoche in an assault with intent to kill another individual. He is further charged with carrying and discharging a firearm during the crime. The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Mayes County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI are the investigative agencies.

Thelma Marie Karty. Child Abuse in Indian Country; Child Neglect in Indian Country; Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury in Indian Country.  On March 11, 2020, Karty, 38, of Tulsa, allegedly assaulted a minor with a wooden stick, resulting in substantial bodily injury. She is also charged with child neglect. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Jacob Patrick Krafft. Murder- Second Degree. Jacob Krafft, 39, of Helena, is charged with shooting and killing the victim with a rifle on Oct. 21, 2016. The Broken Arrow Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Brieanna Alyn Long. Threatening to Engage in Conduct Which Would Cause Bodily Injury to a Witness. Between Feb. 1 and Feb 20, 2021, Long, 22, of Reeds, Missouri, knowingly threatened to engage in conduct which would cause bodily injury to a witness who provided information to law enforcement relating to the possible commission of a federal offense. The FBI is the investigative agency.

Roberto Montel Madden; Cheetara Denise Venable. Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition (Counts 1, 3, 4); Felon in Possession of Ammunition (Count 2) (superseding). Madden, 47, of Tulsa, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Beretta .40 S&W caliber pistol and ammunition and with being a felon in possession of 17 rounds of .40 S&W caliber ammunition discovered on Nov. 26, 2020. He is also charged with being a felon in possession of a Taurus 9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol, six rounds of 9mm Luger caliber ammunition, and one round of 9 mm caliber ammunition as aided by Venable and discovered on Jan. 18, 2021. Venable, 34, of Tulsa, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Taurus 9mm caliber semi-automatic pistol, six rounds of 9mm Luger caliber ammunition, and 1 round of 9 mm caliber ammunition as aided by Madden. The Tulsa Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

James Damien McIntosh. Sexual Abuse by Threat in Indian Country; Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country; Incest in Indian Country; Attempted Coercion and Enticement and Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Sexual Activity. Between March 18, 2015, and Dec. 10, 2019, McIntosh, 43, of Tulsa, allegedly sexually abused a minor between the ages of 12 and 17. The defendant threatened the minor, forcing her to engage in sexual acts with him. Finally, he also used a cell phone and messaging app as part of his crimes. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Badlands Justice McNally. Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Possession of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime. On March 16, 2021, McNally, 29, of Tulsa, allegedly possessed with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and possessed firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa Police Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are the investigative agencies.

Johnny Edward Mize, Jr. Murder- Second Degree in Indian Country. Mize Jr., 35, of Tulsa, is charged with shooting and killing a Native American juvenile on July 4, 2017. The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Carl Gene Ortner, Jr. Transportation with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity; Sexual Abuse of a Child in Indian Country; Abusive Sexual Contact in Indian Country; Possession of Parts of a Bald Eagle; Possession of Parts of a Golden Eagle (superseding). Ortner Jr., 57, of Quapaw, is charged with abusing a minor between 12 and 16 years of age and illegally possessing feathers, talons and heads from seven bald eagles and seven golden eagles. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Office of Law Enforcement, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs are the investigative agencies.

Edward Joseph Parson. Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country. Parson, 30, of Tulsa, is charged with sexually abusing a minor under the age of 12-years-old from Jan 1, 2018, to March 2019. The FBI is the investigative agency.

Elverio Pascual, Leticia Aguirre, Enrique Esquivel-Nieto, Nicholas Lee Givens. Drug Conspiracy. Pascual, 34, and Aguirre, 41, both residing in Oklahoma Department of Corrections facilities; Givens, 41, residing in an Oklahoma jail; and Esquivel-Nieto, 26, of Plano, Texas, are charged with conspiring to distribute or possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The FBI, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Gray County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, Tulsa Police Department, and Oklahoma City Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Michael Douglas Provence. Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to an Intimate Partner and Dating Partner in Indian Country; Assault of an Intimate Partner and Dating Partner by Strangling and Attempting to Strangle and Suffocate in Indian Country; Assault With a Dangerous Weapon in Indian Country. Provence, 43, of Sapulpa, charged with assaulting a female victim by striking her with his fist and wooden broom handle as well as strangling the victim on Dec. 14, 2018. The Sapulpa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Bobby Dwain Schrimsher, Jr. Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises; Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking Crimes. Schrimsher Jr., 26, of Tulsa, is charged with knowingly possessing with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine. He is further charged with maintaining a residence for the purpose of distributing and using heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine. Finally, he is charged with possessing a firearm to further his drug trafficking crimes. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Jonhron Starks. Murder- Second Degree in Indian Country. Starks, 27, of Tulsa, is charged with shooting and killing Dre’Leigha Everidge-Taylor on Sept. 19, 2020. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Christopher L. Weeley. Murder – Second Degree in Indian Country; Assault with Intent to Commit Murder in Indian Country; Carrying, Using, Brandishing, and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence. On March 6, 2021, Weeley, 41, of Jay, is alleged to have shot and killed Annie Marie Weeley. He further shot a second victim with intent to commit murder. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and FBI conducted the investigation.

Kamau Jahi Williams. Distribution of Methamphetamine. Williams, 42, of Tulsa, is charged with knowingly distributing methamphetamine.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Financial Fraud
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated March 27, 2021