United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma

05/05/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/05/2021 14:51

Federal Grand Jury A Indictments Announced-May

Acting United States Attorney Clint Johnson today announced the results of the May 2021 Federal Grand Jury A.

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.

Gerardo Benitez-Jimenez. Unlawful Reentry of Removed Alien. Benitez-Jimenez, 44, of Tulsa, is charged with unlawfully being in the United States after having been deported on Dec. 4, 2014 at or near New Orleans, Louisiana. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency.

Stacey Dewayne Berry. Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country; Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor Under 12 Years of Age in Indian Country; Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country; Abusive Sexual Contact with a Minor Aged 12-16 Years in Indian Country; Abusive Sexual Contact without Permission in Indian Country. Berry, 57, is charged with sexually abusing 3 children. Some victims were abused as early as 2000. This case was previously prosecuted by the state of Oklahoma. The FBI, Craig County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office- District 12 conducted the investigation.

Devon Blevins; Jacob Bruce Banks. First Degree Murder in Indian Country; Causing Death by Using and Discharging a Firearm During and Relation to Crimes of Violence; Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition.On April 12, 2019, Blevins, 28, and Banks, 21, both of Tulsa, aided and abetted one another when they allegedly killed Maurice L. Burgess by shooting him with a firearm. The two are also charged with aiding and abetting one another when they knowingly used and discharged a firearm during and in relation to crimes of violence- First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder in Indian Country. Blevins is also charged with assaulting the victim by shooting him. Finally, Banks is charged with being a felon in possession of a New Frontier LW-15 multi caliber rifle and ammunition. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Thomas Darrel Blossom. Second Degree Murder in Indian Country; Involuntary Manslaughter in Indian Country. Blossom is charged with killing Lucus Chuckluck on Sept. 22, 2020, by driving in a reckless manner, traveling over the posted speed limit on a wet roadway and while under the influence of alcohol. The FBI, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are the investigative agencies.

Jeremy Nicholas Botonis. Coercion and Enticement of a Child in Indian Country; Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child in Indian Country. From June 1, 2019, to September 3, 2019, Botonis, 43, of Sand Springs, allegedly enticed and coerced a minor to engage in any sexual activity. On August 24, 2019, Botonis knowingly engaged in, and attempted to engage in sexual contact with a minor between 12 and 16 years of age. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Mayes County Sheriff's Office are the investigative agencies.

Walter Franklin Deerinwater. Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. Deerinwater, 30, of Bristow, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Taurus .45 ACP caliber pistol. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Bristow Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Dustin Lee Dennis; Michael Scott Dennis. Child Neglect in Indian Country (Counts 1-4); Use of a Communication Facility in Committing, Causing, and Facilitating the Commission of a Drug Trafficking Felony (Counts 5-19). From June 12 to June 13, 2020, Dustin Dennis, 32, of Tulsa, allegedly failed to provide adequate care for his two children, who died while under his supervision. During the same timeframe, Dustin Dennis is further charged with failing to protect his children from exposure to the use, possession and sale of illegal drugs and illegal activities. Further, Dustin Dennis and his brother Michael Dennis, 49, of Tulsa, are charged with using their cell phones while committing, causing, and facilitating the commission of a drug trafficking felony on June 12 and June 13 and other dates alleged in the indictment. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Travis Loran Dry. Assault of an Intimate Partner and Dating Partner by Strangling and Attempting to Strangle in Indian Country; Aggravated Sexual Abuse by Force in Indian Country. Dry, 33, of Tulsa, is charged with strangling and attempting to strangle a dating partner on Jan. 13, 2019. He is also charged with aggravated sexual abuse by force in regard to a second victim, occurring sometime between Dec. 18, 2018 and Jan. 17, 2019. The FBI and Rogers County Sheriff's Office are the investigative agencies.

Kenneth Jermaine Ferrell. Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. Ferrell, 36, of Tulsa, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Taurus .40 caliber pistol. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Jimmy Glenn Hendrix. Causing Death by Using and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to Crimes of Violence. Hendrix, 42, of Tulsa, is charged with using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to crimes of violence- First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder in Indian Country. Hendrix allegedly used a firearm to shoot and kill Jarrod Young on March 11, 2008. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Matthew Steven Janson. Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography; Possession of Child Pornography in Indian Country. Between April 18, 2016, to May 25, 2016, Janson, 37, of Tulsa, is alleged to have knowingly distributed and received child pornography. He is further charged with knowingly possessing and accessing with intent to view the child pornography. Some of the depictions involved the use of prepubescent minors and minors who had not attained 12 years of age. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Adrian Robert Jones. Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition. Jones, 29, of Tulsa, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Smith and Wesson .40 S&W caliber semi-automatic pistol with an extended 30 round magazine and ammunition. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Johnny Lee Jumper Jr. and Herman Junior Snell II. First Degree Murder in Indian Country. Jumper Jr., 44, and Snell II, 41, are charged with maliciously and deliberately killing another man by repeatedly beating him during a robbery on May 1, 1994. The FBI, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and Mayes County Sheriff's Office are the investigative agencies.

Raymond Lane Jr.Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime; Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. Lane Jr., 46, of Tulsa, is charged with possessing with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. He is further charged with possessing a Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes and with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations is the investigative agency.

Jaquan Dawantee Lee. First Degree Burglary in Indian Country (Count 1); Assault by Strangulation in Indian Country (Counts 2 and 4); Witness Tampering (Count 3) (superseding).On Aug. 25, 2019,Lee, 27, of Tulsa, allegedly broke into a home by kicking in the door while the occupants were present. He is further charged with assaulting an intimate partner by attempting to strangle and suffocate her on Aug. 25, 2019, and with trying to persuade the victim to make false statements in relation to an official proceeding. Finally, Lee is charged with assaulting the same victim on Jan. 9, 2018, by strangling and suffocating the woman. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Ashley Lorene Parnell. First Degree Murder in Indian Country. Parnell, 39, is charged with killing a 2-year-old boy by causing blunt force trauma to the child's head. Parnell allegedly perpetrated the murder as part of a pattern and practice of assault and torture against the child. The crime occurred in Jenks in March 2008. The FBI and Tulsa and Jenks Police Departments are the investigative agencies.

Robert William Perry II. Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Indian Country; Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor in Indian Country (superseding). Perry II, 30, is charged with sexually abusing a child under 12 years of age from May 6, 2017, to May 15, 2018. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Justin Marquis Render. Felon in Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. Render, 27, of Tulsa, is charged with being a felon in possession of a Sig Sauer 9 mm Parabellum caliber pistol and ammunition. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Don Westley Roe Jr. Enticement. Roe Jr., 62, of Tulsa, is charged with using an electronic device to entice and coerce an individual who he believed had not attained the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Bristow Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Cornelius Prince Shanklin. Child Abuse in Indian Country; Child Neglect in Indian Country. Shanklin, 30, allegedly engaged in the abuse of an infant on July 15, 2015. He is further charged with child neglect. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.

Jeffrey Brent Thomas. Aggravated Assault of Federal Officer with a Deadly and Dangerous Weapon (Counts 1 and 2); Eluding Peace Officer in Indian Country (Count 3). On April 6, 2021, Thomas, 43, of McAlester, allegedly assaulted and resisted a Task Force Officer with the U.S. Marshals Service when he struck the officer's vehicle with his truck. He also allegedly assaulted and resisted members of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office who were assisting the U.S. Marshals Service by striking their vehicles with his truck. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Crimes Task Force were attempting to arrest Thomas at the time. The FBI and Tulsa County Sheriff's Office are the investigative agencies.

Jose Tyler Vaught. First Degree Murder in Indian Country; Causing Death by Using and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to Crimes of Violence. Vaught, 28, of Lexington, is charged with deliberately and maliciously shooting and killing Joey Aguirre on July 30, 2015. Vaught is also charged with using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to crimes of violence, First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder in Indian Country. The FBI and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies.