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Clinton Man Sentenced to Serve 24 Years in Federal Prison for Bank Robbery and Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, a federal judge sentenced RONALD DEYOUNG ALLEN, 44, of Clinton, Oklahoma, to serve a total of 288 months in federal prison for bank robbery and illegally possessing a firearm after a prior felony conviction, announced United States Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On June 15, 2021, a federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Oklahoma returned a one-count Indictment against Allen, charging him with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Federal law prohibits convicted felons from possessing a firearm.  Then, on March 9, 2022, a separate one-count Information filed against Allen charged him with robbing the Security State Bank in Hammon, Oklahoma, on July 22, 2020.  

According to public records, on July 22, 2020, Allen walked into the Security State Bank in Hammon, Oklahoma, wielding a firearm and disguised as a woman. During the robbery, Allen dropped a Kleenex-type tissue, and law enforcement collected it for DNA testing.  More than six months later, on February 7, 2021, in Snyder, Oklahoma, Allen was involved in a vehicle collision where law enforcement found Allen, a convicted felon, in possession of a firearm.  After the vehicle collision, the FBI collected a sample of Allen’s DNA and sent it to the FBI laboratory.  The examination confirmed Allen’s DNA was on the tissue recovered in the Security State Bank robbery.

At the sentencing hearing on March 29, 2023, U.S. District Court Judge Jodi W. Dishman sentenced Allen to serve 100 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and 188 months in federal prison for the bank robbery.  Judge Dishman ordered those sentences to run consecutively to each other.  Additionally, those sentences were ordered to run consecutively to a separate, unrelated federal Armed Robbery conviction from 2021 in Oklahoma County District Court case CF-2019-3970, for which Allen is serving a 12-year sentence in state prison.

In support of Allen’s federal sentence, Judge Dishman cited, among other things, the serious nature of the offense, Allen’s lengthy criminal history involving armed robberies, and the significant impact the robbery had on the three tellers involving in the bank robbery.  Judge Dishman also ordered Allen to serve three years of supervised release when released from federal prison. The Court ordered Allen to pay $194,500 in restitution to the victim bank.  Allen has been detained in federal custody since August 10, 2021.

These cases were the result of investigations by the Oklahoma City FBI Field Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and Snyder Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Wilson D. McGarry prosecuted the cases.

Reference is made to public filings for more information.

Updated April 3, 2023