Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Gun Store Owner Pleads Guilty to Selling a Firearm to a Convicted Felon

TULSA, Okla.—James Patrick Okey, 45, pleaded guilty to sale of a firearm to a convicted felon announced Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Okey was a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) who owned and operated a gun store, Hunters Choice, located in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

“As a FFL, Okey had a duty to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons,” said United States Attorney Williams. “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to keeping the community safe from gun violence, starting with keeping those convicted of serious crimes from obtaining firearms.”

On May 15, 2014, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) confidential informant and an ATF undercover agent went into Hunters Choice. The confidential informant told Okey that she was a convicted felon, however, Okey sold her a firearm anyway. Knowingly selling a firearm to a convicted felon is a violation of federal law.

Okey faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release should he be sentenced to imprisonment. Additionally, Okey’s federal firearms license is subject to revocation. United States District Court Judge Claire V. Eagan will sentence Okey on October 5, 2015. This case was investigated by ATF and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong.

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