OKLAHOMA CITY – Yesterday, MARCEL STEWART, 27, of Oklahoma City, was sentenced to serve 78 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
On November 2, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a one-count Indictment that alleged illegal possession of a firearm. On March 8, 2021, Stewart plead guilty to the Indictment.
Public records reflect that, on April 24, 2020, law enforcement responded to a domestic violence call involving Stewart and his girlfriend. When officers arrived, Stewart was found in possession of a 9mm pistol. Stewart was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm. During the investigation, it was discovered that a toddler was present during the domestic altercation. Before April 2020, Stewart served an Oklahoma state prison sentence for shooting a former girlfriend and repeat offenses for illegal possession of a firearm.
On June 29, 2021, U.S. District Judge Patrick R. Wyrick sentenced Stewart to serve 78 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. In support of this sentence, Judge Wyrick cited the nature of the crime and Stewart’s previous criminal history.
This case is the result of investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Mary E. Walters prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods and Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiatives to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. The local implementation of these initiatives in the Western District of Oklahoma is through “Operation 922” which prioritizes prosecution of federal gun crimes connected to domestic violence.
Reference is made to public filings for more information.