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Project Safe Neighborhood Prosecution Results in 289 Month Sentence for Violent Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

United States Attorney Trent Shores announced that United States District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Shawn Dale Sexton, 26, of Bristow, to serve 289 months in federal prison for Felon in Possession Firearms and Ammunition.

On July 23, 2017, Bristow Police responded to an area where shots were reportedly fired.  Witnesses identified Sexton as the driver of a white Jeep Wrangler and explained that he had been involved in a shooting in Slick, Creek County, Oklahoma and was continuing to drive through Bristow as he repeatedly discharged a weapon causing serious bodily injury to multiple victims.  As Bristow police officers pursued Sexton, he fired his gun at officers, striking their patrol car.  The officers pursued Sexton during a two-mile chase.  Sexton possessed and discharged a weapon.  He had seven felony convictions including multiple convictions for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Aggravated Assault and Battery and Conspiracy to Deliver Controlled Substance.  Sexton has been in custody since his arrest on July 23, 2017.

“Sexton terrorized an entire community. His actions threatened the lives of citizens and law enforcement alike.  In the Northern District of Oklahoma, we will continue our relentless pursuit of dangerous felons who possess firearms, especially those who show no regard for human life.  We must hold them accountable,” said U.S. Attorney Shores.

This prosecution was part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood and resulted from a joint investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Bristow Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick handled the prosecution of this case.


Joel-Lyn A. McCormick

Updated June 20, 2018

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