OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison for being a felon illegally possessing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing, Western District of Oklahoma.
This sentence resulted from an investigation by Clinton (Oklahoma) Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
On April 16, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted Jason Scott Pedro, 37, of Clinton, Oklahoma, for illegally possessing a firearm Feb. 7, 2019, during a traffic stop. In particular, he possessed a lower receiver of an AR-15-style rifle, along with five, loaded high-capacity magazines.
Pedro pleaded guilty to the criminal charges June 25, 2019.
On Nov. 14, U.S. District Judge David L. Russell sentenced Pedro to 84 months in prison, an upward variance from an advisory sentencing guideline range of 51 to 63 months. Pedro must also serve three years on supervised release after he completes his prison term. This sentence was based, among other things, on the nature and circumstances of the offense and the need to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant, whose criminal history includes two offenses involving domestic violence.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary E. Walters, Western District of Oklahoma.