Del City Man Sentenced to Serve Seven Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced PATRICK SEAN HICKS, 40, of Del City, Oklahoma, to 84 months in prison for illegal possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On April 8, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a one-count Indictment against Hicks charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. On August 4, 2021, Hicks pleaded guilty to Count One of the Indictment. Federal law prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Public records reflect that on November 29, 2020, at 12:49 a.m., the Del City Police Department received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance. Records further reflect that Hicks broke into his ex-wife’s house and threatened her, her boyfriend, and her children. Police officers arrived and eventually arrested Hicks with a gun in his hand. Hicks is a felon and had an active victim protective order (VPO) against him.

Public records reflect Hicks has felony convictions for larceny of copper in Cleveland County case CF-2007-599, unauthorized use of a vehicle in Oklahoma County case CF-2007-1518, unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving while privilege suspended in Oklahoma County case CF-2007-3073, forgery in the second degree and concealing stolen property in Oklahoma County case CF-2007-4099, possession of a Controlled and Dangerous Substance (CDS) in Cleveland County case CF-2009-1088, use of a computer for the purpose of violating Oklahoma statutes, threatening to perform an act of violence, and malicious injury and destruction of property in Oklahoma County case CF-2019-997, and second degree burglary, making a false declaration to a pawnbroker, and possession of stolen property in Oklahoma County case CF-2019-1173. The defendant also had four separate VPOs filed against him by his ex-wife in Oklahoma County case numbers PO-2018-2877, PO-2019-165, PO-2020-1488, and PO-2020-2178.

At sentencing, U.S. District Judge Patrick R. Wyrick sentenced Hicks to serve 84 months in federal prison. Judge Wyrick cited, among other things, the serious nature of the offense, Hicks’ criminal history, and the need to protect the public.  Judge Wyrick also ordered that upon release from prison, Hicks must serve 3 years of supervised release. Defendant has been in custody since November 29, 2020.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Del City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Hutzell prosecuted the case.

This case is part of “Operation 922,” the Western District of Oklahoma’s implementation of Project Safe Neighborhood, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.  “Operation 922” prioritizes prosecution of federal crimes connected to domestic violence.

Reference is made to public filings for more information.