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Illegal Firearm Possession Lands Oklahoma City Couple in Federal Prison for 10 Years Collectively

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

OKLAHOMA CITY – AMBER NICOLE RANSOM, 40, and GORDON BERNARD HORNER, 51, both of Oklahoma City, have been sentenced to serve 120 months collectively in federal prison for illegal possession of a firearm after a previous felony conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On August 1, 2023, a federal grand jury charged Ransom and Horner with being felons in possession of a firearm. According to public record, on May 9, 2023, Oklahoma City Police responded to a drive by shooting at an apartment complex. Though bullets did enter at least one unit, no injuries were reported. After a review of surveillance footage, Oklahoma City Police identified a white sedan as the suspect vehicle, which was pulled over in a traffic stop just days later. Ransom and Horner were in the vehicle, and authorities also located two handguns. After executing a search warrant at the apartment shared by Ransom and Horner, Oklahoma City Police located another firearm, along with several rounds of ammunition. Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement learned it was Ransom who fired several shots at the apartment from the back seat of the vehicle, which was being driven by Horner.

Public record further reflects that both Ransom and Horner hold prior felony convictions—Ransom for robbery in the first degree in Oklahoma County District Court case number CF-2009-5359, and Horner for possession of a controlled dangerous substance in Oklahoma County District Court case number CF-1992-6656.

In the fall of 2023, both Ransom and Horner pleaded guilty, and admitted to possessing firearms.

At sentencing hearings on May 22, 2024, U.S. District Judge Bernard M. Jones sentenced Ransom to serve 90 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and Horner to serve 30 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In announcing the sentencings, Judge Jones noted the “senseless” nature of the crime, describing the actions of the two defendants as a “reckless disregard for life.”

This case is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney David R. Nichols, Jr., prosecuted the case.

Reference is made to public filings for additional information.

Updated May 24, 2024

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