Violent Felon Gets 289 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Gun Possession, Shooting at Police Officers

Sentence the latest result of federal/state partnership known as Project Safe Neighborhoods


An Oklahoma man was sentenced to 289 months in federal prison this week for multiple gun crimes as a result of a partnership between state and federal law enforcement.

United States district judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced 26-year-old Shawn Dale Sexton for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The charges against Sexton stemmed from a July 23, 2017, incident where he drove around Bristow, Okla., and shot multiple victims causing serious bodily injury. He was then pursued by police and shot at them striking their car.

"Sexton terrorized an entire community," United States Attorney Trent Shores said in a statement. "His actions threatened the lives of citizens and law enforcement alike. In the Northern District of Oklahoma, we will continue our relentless pursuit of dangerous felons who possess firearms, especially those who show no regard for human life. We must hold them accountable."

Sexton had previously been convicted of seven different felonies including assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault and battery, and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

His prosecution was part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, which has put an increased focus on violent and gun crimes. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives partnered with the Bristow Police Department during the investigation into Sexton. Assistant United States Attorney Joel-lyn A. McCormick was responsible for his prosecution.

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