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OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, TORY DREW DEERE, 29, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve 92 months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm after a prior felony conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
On February 21, 2023, a federal grand jury returned a one-count Indictment against Deere, charging him with felon in possession of a firearm.
According to public record, on or about November 18, 2022, law enforcement responded to an Oklahoma City convenience store in reference to a domestic violence incident. The reporting party told Oklahoma City Police officers that following an argument between the two, Deere pointed a firearm at the victim and threatened to kill her, before driving away in her car. According to public documents, officers located Deere shortly after at a nearby residence, with the firearm still in his possession. Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) records indicate Deere had been released from custody under the DOC’s GPS monitor program on a previous felony conviction, Oklahoma County CF-2019-1074, one day before the event.
Public records reflect Deere holds multiple felony convictions. These convictions include:
On April 19, 2023, Deere pleaded guilty to Count 1, felon in possession of a firearm.
At the sentencing hearing today, U.S District Judge Stephen P. Friot sentenced Deere to 92 months in federal prison. In announcing the sentence, Judge Friot noted the dangerousness of the defendant—specifically, that he pointed a firearm at his significant other just one day after being released from DOC custody via an ankle monitor and his criminal history.
This case is a result of an investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary E. Walters prosecuted the case.
This case is also part of "Operation 922" and "Operation Shots Fired." "Operation 922" is the Western District of Oklahoma’s implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. "Operation 922" prioritizes prosecution of federal crimes connected to domestic violence. "Operation Shots Fired" targets cases involving individuals who discharge firearms as part of their criminal activity, such as drive-by shootings or when shots are fired during robberies, domestic disputes, or other incidents. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit https://justice.gov/psn and https://justice.gov/usao-wdok.
Reference is made to court filings for further information.