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Federal Inmate Sentenced to Serve More Than Six Additional Years for Assault on Prison Guard

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

OKLAHOMA CITY – Yesterday, ZACHARY GAGE PEBLEY, 24, of El Reno, Oklahoma, was sentenced to serve more than six years in federal prison for assaulting an officer of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, announced United States Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On February 18, 2021, a federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of Oklahoma returned a one-count Indictment against Pebley.  It charged him with assault on a federal officer causing bodily injury, for conduct in November 2020 at the Federal Correctional Institution at El Reno.  On July 12, 2021, Pebley pleaded guilty to the Indictment.

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Friot sentenced Pebley to serve 77 months in federal prison.  This sentence is to run after he finishes his current federal sentence of 144 months for armed bank robbery from the Eastern District of Oklahoma.  In support of his sentence, Judge Friot cited the nature and circumstances of the offense, as well as Pebley’s criminal history.  Judge Friot also ordered Pebley to serve three years of supervised release upon release from federal prison.

This case arises from an investigation by Special Investigative Services at the Federal Correctional Institution-El Reno and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Oklahoma City Field Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Altshuler prosecuted this case.

Updated April 28, 2022