For Immediate Release
Man Sentenced for Violent Kidnapping and Firearms Offenses
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced that a 62-year-old man who kidnapped and used a handgun to threaten a woman was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court. At the time of the crime, the man was subject to a domestic abuse restraining order and gained access to the Broken Arrow woman’s home by cutting a hole through an exterior wall.
On July 25, 2018, a jury found Randy Alan Hamett, of Choctaw, guilty of Kidnapping, Possessing and Receiving Stolen Firearm and Ammunition, and Possession of Firearms and Ammunition While Subject to a Domestic Violence Protective Order.
Today, U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan ordered Hamett to 240 months in prison for kidnapping and 120 months in prison for the two firearms charges. The sentences will run concurrently. Hamett will also be required to serve five years of supervised release following completion of his prison term.
“When arrested, Hamett had in his pocket a murder preparation list that included the words: taser, rope, zip ties, machete, and shovel. If not for the quick thinking of the female victim, this would have been a homicide case. Her courageous actions enabled law enforcement to rescue her and arrest Hamett. Unfortunately, Hamett had already threatened, kidnapped, zip tied, tased, and sexually assaulted the female victim,” said US Attorney Shores. “The advisory sentencing guideline range called for a sentence of life imprisonment and federal prosecutors advocated for a sentence of life imprisonment. That was the right thing to do given Hamett’s egregious acts and lack of remorse, and we would recommend life again.”
Previously, a jury determined that, in April 2017, Hamett cut a hole in an outside wall of the victim’s house to avoid detection by the alarm system. When the victim arrived home from work, Hamett tased her and pointed a revolver at her. After zip-tying her wrists and duct taping her ankles, Hamett threatened to kill himself, the victim, and anyone who tried to help her. Hamett forced the victim into a car, stole from her a pistol she had purchased after obtaining a protective order against him, then kidnapped her. Hamett also sexually assaulted her.
Convinced that Hamett was going to kill her, the victim made every effort to prolong the trip and endear herself to Hamett. As part of her attempt to accomplish that, the victim convinced Hamett they should get back together and remarry in Arkansas, where they were originally married. Hamett eventually allowed the victim to text her parents and her boyfriend so they would not become suspicious concerning her whereabouts. Based on the nature of the text, the victim’s parents became worried that she was in danger and contacted the Broken Arrow Police Department. Through a concerted investigation by the Broken Arrow and Siloam Springs Police Departments, officers were able to locate Hamett and the victim at a hotel in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where they determined Hamett was holding the victim against her will and arrested Hamett for violation of a protective order. Hamett was in possession of a firearm and ammunition, along with Taser cartridges, at the time of his arrest.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Broken Arrow Police Department, the Siloam Springs Police Department, and the Rogers State University Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeffrey A. Gallant and Ryan M. Roberts prosecuted the case.