, Muskogee, OK

January 7, 2014

Charges allege gunfire, threats

Warrant issued for man accused of shooting at former in-law

By D.E. Smoot
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Cherokee County prosecutors filed charges Monday against a man accused of shooting at his ex-wife’s father and threatening to kill her and her two children.

Presley Clint Sisson, 44, of Rose was being sought Monday on an outstanding warrant on one felony count of shooting with intent to kill. Sisson also faces two misdemeanors for allegedly threatening to harm his ex-wife and her children and a third for allegedly sending a threatening text message to his former father-in-law.

The charges stem from events alleged to have occurred Christmas Eve near Terasita. A report filed by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Cates states Sisson showed up at his ex-wife’s home shortly before midnight.

According to Cates’ report, Sisson’s ex-wife was at home watching a movie with her children “when they heard a noise at the window.” When Tonja Sisson went to check out the noise, she allegedly found Clint Sisson outside the window screaming and threatening to burn her and the children alive.

“George Shankle stated that his daughter’s ex-husband Clint Sisson had showed up next door at his daughter’s house trying to break in,” Cates states in his report, noting Sisson allegedly had sent Shankle a threatening text message a week earlier. “George stated that Clint fired three shots at him, so George fired two shots back.  ”

If convicted, Sisson could face up to life imprisonment for the shooting with intent to kill charge. The two misdemeanor charges of threatening to perform acts of violence carry maximum penalties of six months in jail. Sending a threatening text message is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

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