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Federal indictment load heavier because of U.S. Supreme Court decision

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

United States Attorney Trent Shores last Friday released the results of the August 2020 Federal Grand Jury B.

“My office’s public safety responsibilities increased substantially as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt. This month the federal Grand Jury returned a record number of indictments for our district,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “The 50 total indictments reflect hours of hard work by federal prosecutors and local, state, tribal and federal investigators. I am incredibly proud of my team and our law enforcement partners for handling this tidal wave of cases. It is incredibly humbling to see these public servants give their blood, sweat, and tears in the pursuit of justice.”

The grand jury returned 39 unsealed and 11 sealed indictments. 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.

Anthony Drake Ahaisse. Murder-First Degree in Indian Country; Carrying, Brandishing, Using, and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence; Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. Ahaisse, 30, of Tulsa, is charged with the murder of Gregory Collins. He is also charged with knowingly carrying, brandishing and discharging a Glock 22, .40 caliber pistol during and in relation to a crime of violence. Finally, he is charged with being a felon in possession of the Glock 22, .40 caliber pistol, a Winchester SXP, 12-guage shotgun, and 20 rounds of associated ammunition. The FBI is the investigative agency.

Jonathan David Arneecher. 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 or Suffocate in Indian Country; Assault With a Dangerous Weapon. Archer, 36, of Tulsa, is charged with multiple counts related to the assault of his dating partner by strangling her, biting her face, and striking her with multiple objects, resulting in substantial bodily injury. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Dexter Allen Backward. Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute. Backward, 42, of Tulsa, is charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

John Allen Barton. Domestic Assault by Strangulation in Indian Country. Barton, 61, of Tulsa, is charged with strangling his spouse. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Howdy Jonathan Carper. Assault With a Dangerous Weapon in Indian Country. Carper, 28, of Sand Springs, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, with attempt to do bodily harm.

Salpong Chaiyos Chotinikorn. Possession of Stolen Vehicle. Chotinikorn, 29, of Tulsa, is charged with possessing a stolen 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Natalie Ryann Compton. Child Neglect in Indian Country. Compton, 20, of Tulsa, is charged with willfully and maliciously failing to provide adequate nurturance, shelter, supervision, and appropriate caretakers for her young child. The FBI, Tulsa Police Department, and Tulsa Fire Department are the investigative agencies.

Dustin Dennis. Child Neglect in Indian Country. Dennis, 32, of Tulsa, is charged with willfully and maliciously failing to provide adequate nurturance, shelter, supervision, and appropriate caretakers for his two children. See the initial Criminal Complaint press release here. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Ibanga Etuk and Olusola Ojo. Bank Fraud Conspiracy. Etuk, 40, of Tulsa, and Ojo, 41, of Owasso, are charged with conspiring to obtain loan proceeds from banks for federal Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. According to the Indictment, the defendants created various business entities, fraudulently represented on loan applications that they had a number of employees, and shared fraudulent payroll expenses that would qualify for PPP loans. The men further submitted multiple applications for the same purported business to several banks, without disclosing to the banks that they were submitting duplicate and overlapping applications. Etuk and Ojo received nearly $1 million as a result of the scheme. The Federal Reserve Office of Inspector General, FBI, and Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General are conducting the investigation.

Kyle Edwin Freeman. Murder-First Degree. Freeman, 34, of Tulsa, is charged with killing Donald Thomas by assaulting and beating him with a dangerous weapon. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Lance Dylan Gatzman. Murder-First Degree. Gatzman, 22, of Glenpool, is charged with murdering Christian Jones using a knife. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Jerod Lewayne Goolsby. Murder- First Degree. Goolsby, 22, of Tulsa, is charged with the murdering KendaleWright using a firearm. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Michael Anthony Grayson. Assault With a Dangerous Weapon With Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country; Kidnapping in Indian Country. Grayson, 50, of Tulsa, is charged with assault with intent to do bodily harm using a chair, a cigarette, and an ashtray as dangerous weapons. He is also charged with kidnapping the victim. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Jose Daniel Guzman-Cruz. Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute. Guzman-Cruz, 23, of Dallas, is charged with knowingly possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The Tulsa Police Department, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration are the investigative agencies.

Christopher Wayne Harjo. Assault With a Dangerous Weapon With Intent to do Bodily Harm in Indian Country. Harjo, 23, of Tulsa, is charged with assault with intent to do bodily harm using a firearm. The Tulsa Police Department is the investigative agency.

Robert Dean Hunsaker, Jr. Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. Hunsaker, 28, of Grove, is charged with being a felon in possession of a UTAS (Hatfield) 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun and associated ammunition. The Custer County and Delaware County Sheriff’s Offices and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Michael Leon Johnson. Murder-Second Degree in Indian Country. Johnson, 34, of Owasso, is charged with killing William Houseman by operating a vehicle recklessly and with disregard for human life. The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Bradon Bennett Kemp. Murder-First Degree in Indian Country. Kemp, 23, of Tulsa, is charged with murdering David Woods using a knife. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

James Michael Landry. Murder-First Degree in Indian Country. Landry, 29, of Tulsa, is charged murdering Crystal Bradley using a shotgun. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Martin Wayne Littlebear. Assault With Intent to Commit a Felony in Indian Country; Robbery in Indian Country. Littlebear, 33, of Sapulpa, is charged with assault while committing a felony robbery. He is also charged with using violence and intimidation to take the victim’s 2009 Nissan Altima. The Sapulpa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Sergio Lopez. Unlawful Reentry of Removed Alien. Lopez, 49, of Tulsa, is charged with reentry of a removed alien, having returned to the United States unlawfully after being deported July 28, 2006, at Nogales, Arizona. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is the investigative agency.

Jimmie Luna III. Distribution of Heroin; Distribution of Alprazolam. Luna, 55, of Tulsa, is charged with knowingly distributing heroin and alprazolam. The Tulsa Country Sheriff’s Office is the investigative agency.

Corey Shamon McKinney. Felon in Possession of Firearms and Ammunition; Possession of Heroin With Intent to Distribute; Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute; Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Distribute; Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises; Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises; Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; Possession of an Unregistered Silencer. (superseding) McKinney, 43, of Tulsa, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Sarsilmaz, 9 mm Luger caliber semi-automatic pistol, a Sig Sauer, .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, and 114 rounds of associated ammunition. He was previously convicted of eight felonies. He is also charged with possession of heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana with intent to distribute; maintaining a drug involved premises for the purpose of distributing and using marijuana; possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possessing a silencer not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The Tulsa Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Aarron Charles Merritt. Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor. Merritt, 34, of Tulsa, is charged with using electronic means to attempt to persuade, coerce and entice an individual whom he believed was a minor to engage in sexual activity. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Justus Edward Murphy. Interference with Commerce by Robbery; Carrying, Using, and Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence. Murphy, 22, of Tulsa, is charged with three counts of affecting interstate commerce by robbery and is charged with carrying, using, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to each of the robberies. The Tulsa Police Department is the investigative agency.

Douglas Eugene Norris. Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Norris, 55, a transient, is charged with being a 10-time felon in possession of a Norinco, 7.62 x 39mm caliber rifle. The Tulsa Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Brian Leland Parker. Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Parker, 47, of Kellyville, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Savage Arms Inc., .25-06 Remington caliber bolt action rifle. The Creek County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the investigative agencies.

Daniel Stacey Rosson. Bank Robbery. Rosson, 42, of Checotah, is charged with robbing City National Bank using force, violence, and intimidation. The Tulsa Police Department is the investigative agency.

Rudin Joel Ruiz-Chirinos. Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by an Alien Illegally in the United States. Ruiz-Chirinos, 25, of Tulsa, is charged with possessing a firearm and ammunition while being an alien unlawfully in the United States. The Tulsa Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations are the investigate agencies.

Kyle Sago. First Degree Murder in Indian Country. Kyle Sago, 30, of Mounds, is charged with murdering Daniel Morgan using a firearm. The FBI is the investigative agency.

Randy James Shell. Kidnapping in Indian Country; Assault by Strangulation in Indian Country. Shell, 36, of Tulsa, is charged with knowingly and unlawfully abducting and confining his dating partner. Shell is also charged with assaulting her by strangulation. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Brandon Joseph Smith. First Degree Murder in Indian Country. Smith, 37, of Tulsa, is charged with murdering Cynthia Mayfield by assaulting and strangling her. The FBI is the investigative agency.

Daniel Ray Swake. Assault With Intent to Commit Murder in Indian Country; Assault of a Dating Partner by Strangling and Suffocating. Swake, 43, of Tulsa, did assault his dating partner with intent to commit murder by attempting to strangle and suffocate her. The Tulsa Police Department is the investigative agency.

Delawnsha Lemar Tiger. Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor; Aggravated Sexual Abuse. Tiger, 26, of Bristow, is charged with using electronic means to attempt to persuade, coerce, and entice an individual he believed to be a minor to engage in sexual activity. He is also charged with knowingly engaging in sex acts with a minor victim between 12 and 16 years of age. The Bristow Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Miguel Angel Urquiza-Bustos. Unlawful Reentry of Removed Alien. Urquiza-Bustos, 42, of Tulsa, is charged with reentry of a removed alien, having returned to the United States unlawfully after being deported March 30, 2011, at Del Rio, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is the investigative agency.

Mason Ray Razo and Callon Vinton Walling. Attempted Burglary in Indian Country; Attempted Robbery in Indian Country. Razo, 18, of Glenpool, and Walling, 20, of Tulsa, are charged with attempting to burglarize a Tulsa woman’s home and attempting to rob the woman, by trying to forcibly break down her door while carrying firearms. The FBI and The Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Samuel Wayne Washington. Felony Murder-First Degree in Indian Country; Robbery in Indian Country. Washington, 42, of Sapulpa, is charged with murdering Michael Binder as the result of his participation in a robbery. Washington allegedly aided, abetted, counseled, induced, commanded, and procured others to rob Michael Binder, and during the commission of the robbery, the others killed the victim with a firearm.

Cheyenne Dakota Watkins. Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor; Aggravated Sexual Abuse in Indian Country. Watkins, 21, of Glenpool, is charged with using electronic means to coerce and entice an individual whom he believed to be a minor to engage in sexual activity by means of force. The Tulsa Police Department and FBI are the investigative agencies.

Damion Lamos Zachary and Jeane Pachea Wesley. Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery in Indian Country; Robbery in Indian Country. Zachary, 28, and Wesley, 28, both of Tulsa, knowingly and willfully conspired together and with another to commit armed robbery by force, fear, and threats.

Marco Antonio Zavala-Cervantes. Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Distribute; Unlawful Reentry of Removed Alien. Zavala- Cervantes, 26, of Tulsa, is charged with being an alien already removed from the United States on Apr. 21, 2018, at or near McAllen, Texas. He is also charged with intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is the investigative agency.