Former Kaw Nation assistant chief now facing Federal charges

March 16, 2020 | Courts|Featured

OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Kaw Nation assistant police chief Robert Willam Seney Jr., 51, appeared in Federal Court today with Federal public defender Kyle Wackenheim on a Federal charges of carjacking; Kidnapping; Brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; Possession of firearms by a prohibited person, and unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of firearms.

The charges were filed on Jan. 3.

Court documents indicate that Seney is accused of intentionally taking a 2018 Ford Taurus that had been transported and received in interstate commerce from female by force with the intent to cause death or seriously bodily harm. He is also accused of using a firearm to kidnap the alleged female victim.

Robert Willam Seney Jr

Prosecutors say a Ruger 9mm caliber pistol and a Glock 22 crossed state lines and that Seney was subject to a protective order filed in Kay County by the alleged victim on Dec. 17, 2019. Prosecutors also claim that Seney was an unlawful user of meth while possessing the firearms. Seney appeared before Magistrate Judge Gary M. Purcell and entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. The case is placed on the April 14 jury docket.

Prosecutors call Seney a flight risk and recommended he be detained in Federal prison. Seney was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

Seney has a second case pending in Kay County District Court in which he is facing charges of conspiracy, possession of meth and attempting to destroy evidence. (see story). His co-defendants Crystal Dawn Cross and Stephen Scott Strasburger are scheduled for court dates on March 20.