A grand jury meeting in Muskogee has returned an indictment against a Welling man arrested recently by local and federal agents.

U.S. Attorney Mark Green’s office announced Wednesday afternoon the indictment of Bobby Joe Sunday, who turns 26 Monday, on being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charge is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

The single-count indictment alleges Sunday on May 16 had a firearm that had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce. Cherokee County court records show Sunday was charged May 31 with possession of a firearm after former conviction or during probation, knowingly concealing stolen property, and failure to register as a violent offender.

Sunday has pleaded not guilty to the state court charges and was placed on Special District Judge Holli Wells’ felony sounding docket. Assistant District Attorney Doug Dry is shown as the prosecutor on the state charges.

The charge stems from an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshal Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon Henson is the prosecutor on the federal case. Crystal Jackson represents Sunday in state court.

The Department of Corrections web site shows Sunday is on probation until March 2013 and has convictions for assault and battery with a deadly weapon, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault with intent to commit a felony.

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