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Oklahoma Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Sand Springs, Oklahoma, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender was sentenced on April 4, 2016, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

As to the charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, Garnette Titus, age 43, was sentenced to 77 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  As to the Failure to Register as a Sex Offender charge, Titus was sentenced to 60 months in custody, 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  The periods of custody and supervised release are to run concurrent to each other.

Titus was indicted for the charges on June 16, 2015.  Titus pled guilty on August 24, 2015. 

The charges related to Titus being in possession of a .380 pistol on March 18, 2015, near Pine Ridge, after having been previously convicted of felonies.  Titus also failed to register as a convicted sex offender between April 1, 2014, and March 18, 2015.  While Titus was unregistered, he assaulted a tribal corrections officer.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Drug Enforcement, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn N. Rich prosecuted the case.

Titus was immediately returned to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Updated April 13, 2016

Topic
Violent Crime