OKLAHOMA CITY — This week, 5 defendants had been charged in separate and unrelated circumstances, demonstrating the continued dedication to, and advantage of, the Western District of Oklahoma’s “Operation 922” home violence initiative, introduced Appearing U.S. Lawyer Robert J. Troester.
Nationally, these prosecutions are a part of Challenge Protected Neighborhoods (PSN), the Division of Justice’s violent crime discount initiative. By means of PSN, partnering regulation enforcement companies determine probably the most urgent violent crime issues in communities and develop complete options for lasting crime reductions.
“Operation 922″ is the native implementation of the PSN initiative within the Western District of Oklahoma. Particularly, “Operation 922” focuses on home violence abusers who’re present in possession of firearms or ammunition. This initiative stems from the federal prosecutors’ use of Title 18, United States Code Part 922, through which Congress has prohibited the possession of firearms and ammunition by varied classes of people, resembling those that are prior convicted felons, are topic to a sufferer Safety Order, are beforehand convicted in any courtroom of a misdemeanor crime of home violence, and are unlawfully utilizing or hooked on managed substances. By concentrating on the subject material of home abuse and specializing in significantly violent home abusers, “Operation 922” doesn’t immediately or not directly goal any geographic space, socio-economic standing, instructional degree, or ethnicity, as a result of home abuse happens in all neighborhoods, cities, and rural areas all through the Western District of Oklahoma, together with Indian Nation.
That is the third anniversary since “Operation 922” started in March of 2018. Over this era, the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace has charged 149 defendants from 17 totally different counties in home violence-derived circumstances. Of these charged circumstances, 127 defendants have already been convicted or entered responsible pleas. Of these convicted, 98 defendants have been sentenced to a median of 76.5 months in federal jail. Because of this, 211 weapons and three,367 rounds of ammunition have been seized from these defendants. Though this initiative targets home violence-derived circumstances, a better evaluate displays that one-third of the “Operation 922” defendants charged are affiliated with one in all 22 totally different gangs.
“Operation 922” is the results of a collaborative partnership with regulation enforcement and non-governmental entities within the Western District of Oklahoma, together with the Oklahoma County District Lawyer’s Workplace, Oklahoma Metropolis Police Division, United States Marshals Service, Palomar Household Justice Heart, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Workplace, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
“The protection of Oklahoma neighborhoods relies upon first on the protection in our properties,” mentioned Appearing U.S. Lawyer Troester. “When regulation enforcement has answered repeated requires assist from home violence victims, and the home abuser is now in possession of a firearm, that subsequent name to regulation enforcement could also be lifechanging for the sufferer or the responding officer. That’s the essential level when officers have the chance to take away illegally possessed weapons from these abusers with a home violence historical past. We’re assured that our prosecutions are saving the lives of victims and of officers who’re referred to as to reply. I’m grateful for the devoted efforts of Deputy Prison Chief Lori Hines, who leads this initiative in our workplace, and our companions with whom we be part of forces to fight home violence all through Oklahoma.”
“Home violence impacts all components of our neighborhood and is a precedence for the police division,” mentioned OCPD Police Chief Wade Gourley. “With out sturdy partnerships we might be unable to efficiently prosecute and cut back the harm attributable to violence within the house. Operation 922 has develop into an especially invaluable useful resource in coping with home violence and has actually saved lives. When firearms are concerned in home abuse, statistics present the outcomes are much more more likely to be deadly. By means of our partnerships and robust assist from the Household Justice Heart, we defend victims and cease the cycle of violence within the house.”
“Operation 922 is a useful partnership that’s saving lives,” mentioned Kim Garrett, CEO of Palomar Household Justice Heart. “When abusers are held accountable, it’s a highly effective message to survivors: you matter, you’re valued, we care about your security. We’re proud to be part of this life-saving collaboration and commend the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace on their dedication to public security.”
This week, federal expenses had been filed within the following 5 separate and unrelated circumstances as a part of “Operation 922”:
- RYAN EVERETT O’NEAL, 29, of Duncan, was charged by Criticism on April 6, 2021, with assault with a harmful weapon in Indian County, after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. If convicted, O’Neal faces as much as ten years in federal jail and as much as a $250,000 positive, adopted by three years of supervised launch.
- XAVION RAYELL THOMPSON, 23, of Edmond, was indicted on April 8, 2021, for unlawful possession a firearm, whereas topic to a sufferer Safety Order issued out of Logan County that restrained him from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate associate. If convicted, Thompson faces as much as ten years in federal jail and as much as a $250,000 positive, adopted by three years of supervised launch.
- PATRICK SEAN HICKS, 39, of Del Metropolis, was indicted on April 8, 2021, for unlawful possession a firearm as a convicted felon, and whereas topic to a sufferer Safety Order issued out of Oklahoma County that restrained him from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate associate. If convicted, Hicks faces as much as ten years in federal jail and as much as a $250,000 positive, adopted by three years of supervised launch.
- JUSTIN DALE JACKSON, 32, of Oklahoma Metropolis, was indicted on April 8, 2021, for unlawful possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, after allegedly threatening his former girlfriend. If convicted, Jackson faces as much as ten years in federal jail and as much as a $250,000 positive, adopted by three years of supervised launch.
- GEORGE MORALES SANCHEZ, 41, of Oklahoma Metropolis, was indicted on April 8, 2021, for the unlawful possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. If convicted, Sanchez faces as much as ten years in federal jail and as much as a $250,000 positive, adopted by three years of supervised launch.
The general public is reminded that these expenses are merely allegations and that the defendants are presumed harmless except and till confirmed responsible past an affordable doubt.
Reference is made to public filings for extra info.