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Roland felon caught with sawed-off shotgun

Olen James Hicks

Thursday, February 9, 2023 - A Roland man faces up to 10 years in prison after his Jan. 26 arrest for possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.

Olen James Hicks, 48, was also charged with altering a firearm’s serial number, a misdemeanor. He was released on $10,000 bond.

On Jan, 26, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to assist probation and parole officers at a Roland residence.

When he arrived, the deputy spoke with two other officers, who explained that one of the subjects in the residence, Hicks, was trying to move his probation from Arkansas to the Roland address. The officers were at the home to make sure Hicks’ paperwork was in order.

The officers told the deputies that when they entered Hicks’ room, a sawed-off shotgun was lying on the bed. One of the officers took possession of the firearm and stowed it securely in his patrol vehicle.

Hicks admitted to owning the gun, a Winchester Model 37 with an 18-inch barrel. The breakover single-shot gun appeared to have had its serial number obscured, court records show.

Hicks was transported to jail without incident.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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