By JOSH NEWTON
A 27-year-old Stilwell man arrested after an April explosion in Tahlequah pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to possession of an unregistered firearm.
Jeremy Edward Ramirez was arrested in April after he allegedly connected a blasting cap to a cell phone.
The combination of the two items led to an explosion, according to authorities, and Ramirez suffered severe injuries to his hand and body.
Investigators later discovered Ramirez, a convicted felon, had other blasting caps in his possession at the Tahlequah home where the explosion occurred, just a few blocks from the Cherokee County Courthouse.
Explosive materials were also discovered at a Stilwell residence, police said. Investigators said they were unsure what intent Ramirez had with the devices. He allegedly placed the blame on other people and was “very evasive” about what happened.
Federal prosecutors said Ramirez possessed what the law describes as an explosive and firearm, and said Ramirez had not registered the device with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West accepted the guilty plea of Ramirez and ordered completion of a presentence report, to be followed by formal sentencing. Ramirez will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal Service until he is sentenced.
According to U.S. Attorney Mark Green’s office, Ramirez could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Agencies participating in the investigation included the Tahlequah Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb squad, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.