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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
Christopher J. Wilson
, United States Attorney

Okmulgee Resident Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun

MUSKOGEE, Okla.  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Keaton Dwayne Tripp, 21, of Okmulgee was sentenced to 41 months' imprisonment for unlawfully possessing a machine gun.

The charges arose from investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Muskogee Police Department.

On May 11, 2023, Tripp entered a guilty plea in federal district court to one count of Possession of a Machine Gun.  According to investigators, on March 23, 2023, law enforcement responding to a reported home invasion apprehended Tripp and found him in possession of a pistol illegally modified for fully automatic firing.

“Converting firearms to fully automatic is an alarming trend which poses a tremendous threat to our communities,” said United States Attorney Christopher J. Wilson. “Identifying and prosecuting persons unlawfully converting and/or knowingly possessing these illegal, extremely dangerous weapons is a focus of the Department of Justice.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over the hearings. Tripp will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal pending transportation to a designated United States Bureau of Prisons facility to serve a non-paroleable sentence of incarceration.

Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Satter represented the United States.

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