ENID, Okla. — A 30-year-old man was charged this week in Garfield County District Court with failure to register as a violent offender.
Tyler Daniel Wehunt faces up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted of the felony charge.
Wehunt was convicted May 2, 2011, in Stephens County of use/possession/manufacture or telephone threat of incendiary explosive, which requires registration as a violent offender in Oklahoma, according to an affidavit filed in the case. On Nov. 28, 2018, Wehunt registered with Enid Police Department the address 4121 S. Van Buren No. 111.
Wehunt was read and given a copy of Department of Corrections’ notice of duty to register form, according to the affidavit. The form explains the laws and rules a violent offender must follow. Wehunt signed the form acknowledging the duties and procedures were fully explained to him and he was given the opportunity to ask questions.
One of the requirements is notifying DOC and local law enforcement no less than three business days prior to moving from the address of the previous registration, according to the affidavit. The registration also requires Wehunt to register for the term of his sentence and for a 10-year period after that term is served.
On May 1, 2019, DOC’s Sex and Violent Offender Unit mailed an address verification letter to Wehunt to the registered address, according to the affidavit. The letter was not returned as required by law.
Detective Shawn Aebi went to Wehunt’s registered address to make contact but the apartment appeared vacant, according to the affidavit. Aebi spoke with the property manager and asked if Wehunt still was living there. The property manager said Wehunt stayed for a short time with the woman who rented the apartment but they moved several months ago.
Online court records show a warrant has been issued for Wehunt’s arrest, with bond on the warrant set at $7,500.