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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Federal Grand Jury Criminal Indictments Announced

TULSA, Okla.— The results of the July 2016 Federal Grand Jury were announced today by Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

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 federal crimes which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome a defendant’s presumption of innocence.

Zachary Ray Dean Barnes. Robbery in Indian Country. Barnes, 28, of Bartlesville, is charged with taking $400 cash by force and fear from a person in Indian Country. If convicted, the statutory maximum penalty is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Ramona Police Department are the investigating agencies.           

Keith Andre Hendrickson. Bank Robbery. Hendrickson, 18, of Broken Arrow, is charged with robbing the International Bank of Commerce in Tulsa by use of a hoax bomb. If convicted, the statutory maximum penalty is 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The case is a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Tulsa Police Department.

Joseph Shon Howk. Possession of an Unregistered Shotgun with a Barrel Length Less than 18 Inches. Howk, 38, of Tulsa, is charged with possession of a Remington 12 gauge shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. If convicted, the statutory minimum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the investigating agency.

Timothy James Ray Ignatovich and Joshua Edward Krepps. Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping, Kidnapping, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, and Carrying and Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence. Ignatovich, 34, of Tulsa, and Krepps, 30, of Lawton, are each charged with conspiring to kidnap an adult woman and with kidnapping and attempting to kidnap the woman and her two children. Ignatovich is also charged with unlawful possession of a 9mm caliber pistol and ammunition after prior felony convictions, and for carrying and using a firearm during a crime of violence. If convicted, the statutory maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) are the investigating agencies.

Jesse Bud Leaverton. Bank Robbery. Leaverton, 59, of Talala, is charged with three counts of bank robbery. He is accused of robbing an Arvest Bank and Bank of America in Tulsa, and a Security State Bank in Fairfax, Oklahoma. If convicted, the statutory maximum penalty is 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. In addition, the defendant will face a criminal forfeiture money judgment representing proceeds obtained as a result of the bank robbery offenses and the forfeiture of a vehicle. The case is a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Tulsa Police Department.

Ron Lee Morehead. Theft of Mail. Morehead, 47, of Tulsa, is charged with unlawfully removing mail from a United States mail receptacle. If convicted, the statutory maximum penalty is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The United States Postal Service-Office of Inspector General is the investigating agency.

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Updated July 14, 2016