OKLAHOMA CITY, Oa. – DENNIS LEE, 45, of Nichols Hills, has been sentenced to 36 months in federal prison for possession of stolen property that crossed a state boundary and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, announced Robert J. Troester, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.
A five-count indictment filed on June 20, 2017, alleged Lee was involved in the theft of motor vehicles and other items from Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Those involved in the theft were alleged to have transported the stolen property to the Oklahoma City area, where they “fenced” it for profit. According to the indictment, some of the property was stored at Lee’s business, Richardson Homes, LLC, on South Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City. Count Two charged Lee with receiving, possessing, concealing, and storing a stolen tractor in September 2016. Lee was charged in Count Five with being a felon in possession of firearms. It also alleged Lee had been convicted of a crime punishable by one year or more in prison, which made it a federal felony for him to possess a firearm. According the indictment, Lee possessed eighteen guns, including revolvers, shotguns, and rifles.
Lee pleaded guilty to both of these counts on November 3, 2017.
Today U.S. District Judge David L. Russell sentenced Lee to 36 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Lee will be required to pay restitution to victims in an amount to be determined later and will forfeit sixteen firearms. In imposing the 36-month sentence, the court noted that Lee participated in theft over a period of time rather than on one occasion.
This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI Major Theft Task Force, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry Investigative Service (“ODAFF”), and the Oklahoma City Police Department. The Major Theft Task Force consists of the FBI, ODAFF, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. Kumiega prosecuted the case.
Reference is made to court records for further information.
SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on Thursday, July 12, 2018.