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Born August 9, 1936

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Monday, January 13, 2020, 8:14 AM

John Pruitt

John Leroy Pruitt III, 42, of Braggs, is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors in an incident that shut down State Highway 62 in Fort Gibson on Jan. 8.

Police pulled Pruitt over, alleging that he and his passenger were not wearing seatbelts. When the officer observed the inside of the car, he noticed that Pruitt had a shotgun, after he was formerly convicted of a felony, according to documents filed with the case.

While inventorying the car after arresting Pruitt, the officer noticed what appeared to be an explosive device, so the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s bomb unit was called in and determined that the device was indeed an explosive, according to police.

Pruitt is charged with possession of an incendiary explosive, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was convicted in 2018 of manufacture of controlled dangerous substance and possession of precursors with intent to manufacture and sentenced to seven years suspended. He was also convicted in 2018 of second-degree burglary, receiving another seven-year suspended sentence.

He is being held in the Muskogee County Jail on a $100,000 bond.