Tulsa Police Officer Pleads Guilty Over Illegal Gun Purchase

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer pleaded guilty in federal court over the straw purchase of a firearm for her boyfriend, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Latoya Lisa Dythe, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make a false statement to a firearms dealer and to making a false statement to a firearms dealer, prosecutors said.

Dythe remains free on bond pending sentencing on July 15. She faces up to five years in prison for each count.

According to a plea agreement, Dythe admitted buying a firearm for her boyfriend at a Bass Pro Shop in Jenks when she knew the purchase was illegal.

“Police officers, just like all citizens, that engage in criminal conduct must be held accountable for their actions,” acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson said in a statement.

A message left with Dythe’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned.

Dythe remains on unpaid leave from the department, said Tulsa police spokesman Capt. Richard Meulenberg.