For Immediate Release
Oklahoma City Man Sentenced To Serve Life in Federal Prison After Kidnapping and Shooting Woman in Metro Parking Garage
OKLAHOMA CITY — Today, Robert Lee Harrison Jr., 50, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve life in federal prison for kidnapping, carjacking and other crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
On April 6, 2022, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Harrison: Count 1 charged illegal possession of ammunition; Count 2 charged carjacking; Count 3 charged kidnapping; and Count 4 charged use and discharge of a firearm during the carjacking. On Jan. 11, 2023, Harrison was tried by a federal jury and found guilty on all counts.
At trial, Harrison’s ex-girlfriend testified that he forced her into her car at gunpoint as she left work at the Integris Baptist Medical Center parking garage in Oklahoma City. Evidence at trial further indicated that Harrison confined her in the car and repeatedly punched her before she escaped. Harrison then caught her in the elevator lobby of the parking garage, where he shot her approximately eight times before he fled. The following day, Oklahoma City Police Department officers arrested Harrison after a brief foot chase.
At the sentencing hearing today, U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot sentenced Harrison to serve life in federal prison and to pay $13,907.41 in restitution. In announcing the sentence, Judge Friot noted the circumstances of the offenses, including their vicious nature. Judge Friot also noted that it was “miraculous” the victim survived.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Oklahoma City Police Department, with assistance from the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Nichols, Jr. and Jacquelyn Hutzell prosecuted the case.
This case is part of “Operation 922” and operation “Shots Fired,” the Western District of Oklahoma’s implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. “Operation 922” prioritizes prosecution of federal firearms violations connected to domestic violence. “Shots Fired” targets cases involving individuals who discharge firearms as part of their criminal activity, such as drive-by shootings, shots are fired during robberies, during domestic disputes or other incidents.