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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tulsa Man Sentenced To 13 ½ Years in Prison for Carjacking

United States Attorney Trent Shores announced that Joshua Wofford, 33, of Tulsa, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John Dowdell to serve 162 months in federal prison.  A jury previously found Wofford guilty of violating the federal carjacking statute.  The jury acquitted Wofford of a related firearm count.  After release from prison, Wofford must serve three years on supervised release. Parole has been abolished in the federal system. 

On June 4, 2017, Wofford took a Chevrolet truck from a mother and her three children while they were parked in a convenience store parking lot in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He then led Tulsa Police Officers on a high speed chase and hid in a wooded area until he was captured by Tulsa Police Officers.

United States Attorney Shores stated, “Violent crime can come with big time in the federal system. Carjackers should be on notice that federal prosecutors are working side by side with the Tulsa Police Department and ATF to protect our community. A 13 1/2 year sentence sends a strong message to any would be violent criminal.”

The Tulsa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives jointly investigated this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Eric O. Johnston represented the United States at the jury trial.

Eric O. Johnston 918-382-2700
Updated March 13, 2018