For Immediate Release
Illegal Firearms Possession Lands Metro Felon in Federal Prison for More Than 12 Years
OKLAHOMA CITY — Last Week, Darrick Lamont Smith, also known as William Louis McCollum, 48, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve 150 months in federal prison for illegally possessing firearms after previous felony convictions, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
On Oct. 19, 2022, a federal grand jury returned a four-count Superseding Indictment against Smith, charging him with three counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and one count of possession of an unregistered silencer. According to the Superseding Indictment, on separate occasions in January 2022, Smith possessed a total of six firearms and an unregistered silencer. Several of the firearms were found to have been previously stolen and Smith also possessed multiple high-capacity magazines, including a 50-round drum.
On Feb. 23, Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. As part of his plea, Smith admitted that he possessed firearms despite his criminal record.
At the sentencing hearing on Dec. 13, U.S. District Judge Charles B. Goodwin sentenced Smith to serve 150 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In announcing his sentence, the Court noted Smith’s demonstrated willingness to commit violence, further articulating a need to protect the public and deter continued criminal activity. The Court also noted Smith’s lengthy history of drug and firearm offenses.
Public records reflect that Smith has multiple felony convictions, including possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute in Oklahoma County District Court case number CF-1992-6772; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Oklahoma County District Court case number CF-1999-3338; aggravated robbery in Wichita County, Texas, District Court case number CF-2000-6087; and possession of a firearm after felony conviction and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in Oklahoma County District Court case number CF-2014-1776.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle M. Connolly prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Department of Justice program to reduce violent crime. In October 2017, the Department of Justice announced the reinvigoration of Project Safe Neighborhoods and directed U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop crime-reduction strategies that incorporate lessons federal law enforcement has learned since the program’s launch in 2001.