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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Jury Finds Tulsa Man Guilty Of Violating Federal Firearms and Drug Laws

United States Attorney Trent Shores announced today that a jury found Kevin Dewayne Leffler, 38, of Tulsa, guilty of possessing an unregistered firearm after prior felony convictions, and possessing and intending to distribute methamphetamine.  The jury determined that ­­Leffler illegally possessed six firearms, including a loaded .45 caliber pistol, two conventional shotguns, a rifle, an assault rifle, and a sawed-off shotgun.  The jury also found that the sawed-off shotgun was possessed in furtherance of Leffler’s intent to traffic approximately 42 grams of methamphetamine.  Leffler was acquitted of knowingly possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

“Today, a jury held Kevin Leffler accountable for his drug and related crimes. I commend the jury for reaching verdicts of guilty and thank them for their service. Jury trials are one of the most important duties undertaken by federal prosecutors. Jury trials are especially significant in our criminal justice system because it is the citizens on the jury who make the final decision,” stated U.S. Attorney Shores. “I am proud of Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan Roberts and Chris Nassar for their deft and professional prosecution of this matter. I am thankful for the skilled investigators at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Tulsa Police Department. This community is safer and this conviction was secured because of their joint efforts.”

District Judge John E. Dowdell, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, presided over the trial and will sentence Leffler on July 23, 2018 at 10:00 am. Leffler faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, a fine of $250,000, and five years supervised release for the Felon in Possession of Firearm charge and the Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime charge; a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, and three years supervised release for the Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine charge; a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and 3 years supervised release for the Felon in Possession of an Unregistered Firearm charge.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tulsa Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ryan M. Roberts and Christopher J. Nassar.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Ryan M. Roberts 918-382-2700
Updated April 18, 2018