President Obama Commutes Sentence For Sallisaw Inmate

Thursday, October 6th 2016, 5:12 pm
By: News On 6

President Obama commuted the sentence of a federal inmate from Oklahoma on Thursday.

Chip J.W. Teague is one of 102 inmates whose sentences the president commuted on Thursday.

On May 25, 2000, a judge sentenced Teague, 55, to 495 months (41.25 years) in prison on multiple counts.

The crimes included possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, three counts of possession of a firearm moved in interstate commerce, two counts of possession of firearm during drug trafficking crime, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a place for manufacture of methamphetamine.

President Obama commuted his sentence to expire on October 6, 2018, on the condition that Teague enroll in residential drug treatment. Teague is currently housed at the federal prison in El Reno.

According to court records, Teague had been arrested during a traffic stop for drug and weapons complaints and was out on bond when law enforcement served a search warrant on his home in May of 1999. The records say officers found a working drug lab, 134 grams of methamphetamine and numerous firearms so they arrested him again.

Teague was out on bond on those charges when officers found another drug lab in his home, so they arrested him again, according to court documents. 

After he was convicted, he appealed on the basis that prosecutors mistakenly listed his address as Route 1, instead of Route 3, in some of the indictments. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied his appeal on April 26, 2001.