A Claremore man was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday after admitting in March he threatened use of force against a Rogers County sheriff's corporal during an arrest and almost un-holstered his service weapon.

James Kent Patrick Hill also admitted he maintained his home for the purpose of using controlled substances and possessed 10 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition as a convicted felon, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Hill, 58, to 25 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for maintaining a drug-involved premises, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and obstruction of justice by using the threat of physical force against a witness, the release states.

“James Hill made a bad situation worse when he attempted to grab the service weapon of the deputy who had arrested him,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said in the release. “Assaults on law enforcement officers and agents will be prosecuted by my office … I’m thankful the Rogers County Deputy in this case did not suffer serious injury or worse.”

“(Hill) will have 25 years to reflect on his crimes while he serves his sentence in prison.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and Verdigris Police Department assisted in the investigation, according to the release.

Hill was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service while awaiting state charges.


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