Lawton Man to Serve More Than Fifteen Years in Federal Prison for Shooting at Federal Officers

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Yesterday, MICHAEL HANS OLOA, 35, of Lawton, was sentenced to serve more than fifteen years in federal prison for assaulting federal law enforcement officers by shooting at the officers in a Lawton casino parking lot, and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On June 15, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a two-count Indictment against Oloa.  Count 1 charged Oloa with assaulting two federal officers, and Count 2 charged him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  According to an affidavit filed on May 27, 2021, in support of a criminal complaint, two officers with the Comanche Nation Police Department were called to the Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma, on May 25, 2021.  There, officers encountered Oloa, who then fled and discharged a firearm in the direction of the officers.  The Comanche Nation Police Department officers at whom Oloa fired his gun had been deputized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Special Law Enforcement Commission to investigate federal crimes and are therefore considered federal law enforcement officers.  Oloa is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm because he has been previously convicted of felony crimes and has been in custody since the day of the shooting.

On August 4, 2021, Oloa pleaded guilty to both counts.

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Scott Palk sentenced Oloa to serve a total of 188 months in federal prison.  In support of his sentence, Judge Palk cited the nature and circumstances of the offense, as well as Oloa’s criminal history.  Judge Palk also ordered that upon release from prison, Oloa must serve three years of supervised release.

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This case arises from an investigation by the Comanche Nation Police Department, the Lawton Police Department, the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Stoneman prosecuted this case.