By JOSH NEWTON
A Tahlequah man will spend 15 years in federal prison with no chance at parole for drug-related charges.
John Mark Keys, 42 – also known as Mark J. Keys and John Keys – was handed the 180-month sentence Wednesday. Those 15 years will be followed by four years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney Mark Green’s office in Muskogee.
Keys was charged last year after an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Violent Crimes Task Force. He pleaded guilty in October.
Information filed by prosecutors alleges Keys conspired with others to distribute crack cocaine between April 2010 and April 2012. He was arrested along with eight other people last April in Tahlequah after a sealed indictment was filed in federal court. The nine men allegedly conspired to distribute narcotics.
District Judge Ronald A. White presided over Keys’ hearing in Muskogee Wednesday. Keys will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service, pending transportation to a designated federal prison.