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July 2, 2013

Woodward man pleads guilty to illegal possession of firearms

ENID, Okla. — A Woodward man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition after being involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

Timothy Dean Eike, 19, faces up to 10 years in prison, said Sanford C. Coats, U.S attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.  

According to court filings and information from the plea hearings, on July 24, 2012, Eike was discovered in possession of a 20-gauge shotgun and a 30.06-caliber rifle, together with 97 rounds of 20-gauge ammunition and 168 rounds of 30.06 ammunition. Woodward Police Department was aware Eike had been ordered to involuntary inpatient mental health treatment Feb. 10, 2012, according to a news release from Coats’ office.

As a person who had been involuntarily committed to a mental institution, Eike was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal firearms laws. Further investigation revealed on July 5 and 9, 2012, Eike purchased the weapons and ammunition from a licensed firearms dealer in Woodward and falsely represented he had never been involuntarily committed to a mental institution.  

Eike was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 7. He pleaded guilty on June 26.

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