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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Convicted Felon Sentenced to More Than 15 Years in Federal Prison on Firearm and Methamphetamine Trafficking Convictions

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — John William Sturm, 54, was sentenced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Conner to serve a total of 190 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in August 2016 to a three-count indictment charging firearm and drug distribution offenses, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Specifically, Sturm pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to documents filed in the case, on April 6, 2016, in the Wichita Falls, Texas, area, Sturm, a convicted felon, possessed a Hi-Point, nine millimeter pistol, while possessing with the intent to distribute more than a “user quantity” of methamphetamine.

Sturm had been convicted in 2004 in federal court in the Northern District of Texas for being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to a 10-year federal prison sentence. He served that sentence and then, in August 2013, Judge O’Conner found that Sturm had violated the terms of his supervised release.  Judge O’Connor revoked his supervised release and sentenced him to 24 months in federal prison. 

The case was investigated by the Wichita Falls Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Nicholas Bunch was in charge of the prosecution.

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Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Updated December 21, 2016