Five Muskogee defendants guilty, sentenced for intimidating police informant
MUSKOGEE, Okla.– The DEA Dallas Field Division in partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced the sentencing of Muskogee residents, Derrick Christopher Segue, age 26, to 65 months imprisonment and three years supervised release, and Klawaun Lynell Sutton a/k/a “O.G.G.,” 38, to 80 months imprisonment and three years supervised release for Conspiracy to Tamper with a Witness in violation of 18 United States Code, Sections 1512(b)(1), 1512(k), and 1512(j); and Jasmine Dazha McCoy, 23, to four years’ probation; and Alison Rachel Morgan, 28, to five years probation for Tampering with a Witness, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1512(b)(1). On Thursday, October 31, 2019, Segue and Sutton were each found guilty by a federal jury, and concluded with McCoy and Morgan being sentenced following their guilty pleas to the charge of Tampering with a Witness.
During the trial of Sutton and Segue evidence proved that while being held in the Muskogee County Jail Sutton and Segue conspired to intimidate a fellow inmate who they believed had provided information to the Muskogee Police Department, which had led to the issuance of a search warrant for another inmate’s home. The intimidation was intended to cause and induce the person to withhold testimony from an official proceeding.
The Information filed against McCoy and Morgan alleged than on January 31, 2019 they knowingly attempted to intimidate and corruptly persuade a person by providing confidential information identifying that person as a police informant with the intent to influence, delay, and prevent testimony in an official proceeding.
The charges arose from a joint investigation by DEA, FBI, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Muskogee Police Department. Additionally, many different agencies that are members of the DEA High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Task Force (HIDTA) and the FBI Safe Trails Task Force played important roles in the investigation, which was part of a large-scale drug conspiracy leading to the indictment of 11 defendants.
United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Attempting to subvert justice through the use of violence or threats against a witness is a crime against the witness and an attack on our justice system. Those who carry out the violence, direct it, or participate in planning it are subject to prosecution. This prosecution and sentence should send a message to those who think they can avoid justice by tampering with a witness.”
The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the sentencing hearings for each of the defendants. Assistant United States Attorneys Rob Wallace and Ryan Conway represented the United States. Sutton and Segue will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility where they will serve their respective non-parolable sentences. McCoy and Morgan will be supervised by the United States Probation Office out of the Eastern District of Oklahoma.