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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
For Immediate Release
Robert J. Troester, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-wdok
Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Glencoe Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing a Firearm and Possessing Marijuana with Intent to Distribute

OKLAHOMA CITY – Earlier this week, LESTER LEE BAYS, 69, of Glencoe, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm after a previous felony conviction and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On September 5, 2023, a federal grand jury returned a three-count Indictment against Bays, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. According to court documents, on or about March 25, 2023, Bays was found to be in possession of marijuana and a firearm, despite a previous felony conviction. On September 21, 2023, Bay was ordered to be detained in federal custody.

On November 6, 2023, Bays pleaded guilty to Counts 1 and 2 of the Indictment. As part of his plea, Bays admitted to being a felon in possession of a firearm on March 25, 2023. He also admitted to being in possession of marijuana which he intended to distribute. At sentencing, Bays faces up to 15 years in federal prison on Count 1 and up to five years in federal prison on Count 2.

Public records reflect that Bays holds multiple prior felony convictions, including assault and battery with a deadly or dangerous weapon in Payne County District Court case number CF-1986-60, and possession of a firearm after a former conviction of a felony in Payne County District Court case number CF-2018-161.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Payne County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary E. Walters is prosecuting 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 or when shots are fired during robberies, domestic disputes, or other incidents. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, please visit https://justice.gov/psn and https://justice.gov/usao-wdok.

Reference is made to public filings for additional information.

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