, Muskogee, OK

April 10, 2013

Seller of stolen guns headed for prison

— A Tahlequah man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison, according to a media release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Timothy William Hess, 43, will also undergo two years of supervised release following his prison sentence for conspiracy.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Hess was indicted in August 2012 along with Darren Glen Howard, 21, of Hulbert, the release states.

The indictment alleged that at least as early as Oct. 25, 2011, and continuing through Dec. 15, 2011, Hess and Howard conspired to possess a stolen firearm.

The investigation revealed that on or about Oct. 25, 2011, Howard went to Remington Valley Storage Units in Tahlequah, cut off the lock of a storage unit and removed a gun safe containing firearms. No later than Dec. 15, 2011, Hess came into possession of those firearms and then sold them to a confidential informant, according to the release.

Hess was ordered to report to the Bureau of Prisons by noon on May 9, 2013, to begin serving his nonparolable sentence.