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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma
For Immediate Release
Christopher J. Wilson, United States Attorney
Thursday, November 2, 2023

Sequoyah County Resident Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Bobby Laymone Sanders, 63, of Sallisaw, entered a guilty plea to felon in possession of firearm and ammunition.

The indictment alleged that on April 13, 2023, Sanders was in possession of an Iberia Firearms Inc. (Hi-Point), Model JCP, .40 S&W caliber, semi-automatic pistol and two rounds of ammunition, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce, despite knowing he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition as a convicted felon. At the time of the offense, Sanders had been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and knew of such conviction.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Honorable Judge Jason A. Robertson, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the plea in Muskogee and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report. Sanders will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Cameron McEwen represented the United States.


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