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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Oklahoma

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 21, 2023
Robert J. "Bob" Troester
, United States Attorney

Illegal Firearms Possession Lands Metro Man in Federal Prison for More Than a Decade

Defendant Led Law Enforcement on High-Speed Chase Following Home Invasion

OKLAHOMA CITY — Yesterday, Allen Ray Idell Jr., 46, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve 144 months in federal prison for illegally possessing firearms after a previous felony conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On Oct. 19, 2022, a federal grand jury indicted Idell on one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. On Feb. 9, 2023, he pleaded guilty to the indictment.

At a sentencing hearing yesterday, U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin sentenced Idell to serve 144 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. In announcing the sentence, Judge Goodwin noted Idell’s dangerous conduct and the “extreme” nature of the offense, adding that Idell’s actions showed clear disrespect for both the law and for the safety of others. The court also noted Idell’s criminal history.

At sentencing, the court heard evidence that on Sept. 15, 2022, Idell led authorities on a high-speed chase in a vehicle stolen from an 80-year-old woman, while armed with firearms stolen from that same woman. The pursuit ended after Idell crashed the vehicle into a private gate and ran inside an occupied residence. He was apprehended soon after.  

Public records also reflect that Idell has multiple felony convictions, including second degree burglary and possession of stolen property in Cleveland County District Court case number CF-2008-773, two counts of concealing stolen property and two counts of false declaration of ownership in Cleveland County District Court case number CF-2009-59, second degree burglary in Cleveland County District Court case number CF-2009-1112, and second degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, and malicious injury to property in Oklahoma County District Court case number CR-2014-217.

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 Tiffany Edgmon prosecuted the case.

This case is also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Department of Justice program to reduce violent crime. In October 2017, the Department 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. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdok.

Reference is made to public filings for additional information.

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