Edmond Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison for Firearms Offenses

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Last Thursday, DEVIN DEWAYNE BENNETT, 31, of Edmond, was sentenced to serve 150 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On July 22, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a three-count Indictment against Bennett.  Count 1 charged Bennett possessing a firearm. Counts 2 and 3 charged Bennett with possessing ammunition on two separate occasions.  On September 21, 2021, Bennett pleaded guilty to the Indictment.  Federal law prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On May 20, 2021, officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department responded to a reported shooting at an apartment complex in Oklahoma City.  Officers arrived and learned during their investigation that Bennett was involved.  Officers then arrested Bennett that day after they located him nearby in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  The investigation later determined that the firearm and ammunition found in Bennett’s possession were involved in the shooting.

Public records reflect that Bennett was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his lengthy criminal history. These convictions include: Oklahoma County case CF-2013-6234 – Burglary in the first-degree and felon in possession of firearm; Oklahoma County case CF-2014-6304 – attempted first degree burglary; Oklahoma County case CF-2015-1592 – felon in possession of firearm; Oklahoma County case CF-2018-3777 – domestic assault and battery with dangerous weapon; Oklahoma County case CF-2018-4083 – second-degree robbery and domestic assault and battery; and Oklahoma County case CF-2018-5214 – aggravated eluding a police officer.

At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Wyrick sentenced Bennett to serve 150 months in federal prison.  In support of his sentence, Judge Wyrick cited, among other reasons, the serious nature of the offense and Bennett’s lengthy criminal history.  Judge Wyrick also ordered Bennett to serve three years of supervised release.  Bennett has been in federal custody since July 23, 2021.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Oklahoma City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ashley Altshuler and David Nichols, Jr. prosecuted the case.