For Immediate Release
Oklahoma City Man Sentenced To Serve 20 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Robberies Across Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, Marcus Clayton Harris, 40, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve 20 years in federal prison for multiple armed robberies of businesses in Oklahoma City, announced U. S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
On Jan. 3, 2023, Harris was charged by a four-count superseding information. Counts 1 and 3 charged Harris with interference with commerce by robbery. Count 2 charged Harris with possessing and brandishing a firearm during a robbery, and Count 4 charged him with possessing, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a separate robbery. According to court records, in June 2022 law enforcement began investigating a string of armed robberies around the Oklahoma City area. Their investigation led them to Harris, who authorities say repeated certain behaviors during his robberies.
According to court documents, on July 3, 2022, Harris robbed a Family Dollar, where he isolated an employee with a firearm and ordered those in the store to not call police. During another robbery, at a Cricket Wireless store on July 7, 2022, Harris brandished and discharged a firearm. Harris was taken into custody on July 8, 2022, after having either committed or attempted two other armed robberies that same day. Court documents show that Harris ultimately committed a total of nine robberies during this spree.
On Jan. 9, 2023, Harris pleaded guilty to the four-count superseding information. As part of his plea, Harris admitted to robbing both the Family Dollar and Cricket Wireless stores, and to discharging his firearm during the Cricket Wireless robbery.
At the sentencing hearing on Nov. 2, U.S. District Judge Patrick R. Wyrick sentenced Harris to serve 20 years in federal prison. In announcing the sentence, the court noted Harris’s serious and extensive conduct in this case, including nine total robberies where he brandished a firearm or other dangerous weapon, multiple instances of discharging a firearm and multiple instances of making threats toward victims. The court also recognized that Harris had a past conviction for attempted robbery in Oklahoma County District Court Case No. CF-2017-7456, yet continued to engage in this activity.
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 Stan J. West prosecuted the case.