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Shooting At House Lands Convicted Felon Gang Member In Federal Prison For 57 Months

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

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – DAVID ASHARD SAMILTON, 20, from Oklahoma City, was sentenced today to serve 57 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon illegally in possession of a firearm, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.

According to court records, on September 15, 2013, the Oklahoma City Police Department responded to a report of a street fight at 1708 NE 11th in Oklahoma City. Samilton and others were interviewed by the responding officers with no arrests at that time. Less than an hour later, OCPD responded to another call that shots were fired at the same residence. Officers discovered bullet holes in the siding, bullet strikes in the brick, one bullet hole in the front window of the residence, and six .45 caliber shell casings in the street. Witnesses at the scene described the shooter as wearing the same clothing matching the description of what Samilton was wearing during the prior interview. Officers then discovered Samilton hiding in a vacant house nearby with a Taurus PT145, .45 caliber pistol. The OCPD’s Metropolitan Violent Crime Gang Task Force has documented Samilton as a member of a local street gang. Samilton had prior felony convictions in Oklahoma County for possession of cocaine base, auto theft, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Under federal law, Samilton was prohibited from possessing this firearm as a convicted felon.

Samilton was indicted on October 1, 2013, and pled guilty today. In addition to being ordered to serve a 57-month prison sentence, Samilton was ordered to serve three years of supervision upon his release from prison. Samilton also faces an additional charge in Oklahoma County District Court for discharging a firearm into a dwelling. (Oklahoma County District Court case CF-2013-6383).

This case is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Oklahoma City Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley L. Altshuler.

Updated December 15, 2014