OKLAHOMA CITY – JOSE MANUEL GUTIERREZ, 35, of Oklahoma City, has been sentenced to 110 months in prison for possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.
On February 19, 2019, a grand jury indicted Gutierrez for possessing a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol on December 20, 2018, after having been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment of more than one year. He pleaded guilty on June 7, 2019.
Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti sentenced Gutierrez to 110 months—or nine years and two months—in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The court took into account threats Gutierrez made with a loaded gun in the presence of minor children and a person with whom he was in a domestic relationship at the time. It also considered his lengthy history of abusive and violent behavior spanning the past 15 years, with six prior felony convictions involving firearms.
This case was the result of an investigation by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Oklahoma City Police Department. It is part of “Operation 922,” the district’s local implementation of Project Safe Neighborhoods, DOJ’s initiative against violent crime. “Operation 922” prioritizes firearms prosecutions connected to domestic violence, including domestic violence abusers who possess a firearm and are subject to a victim protective order or have been previously convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Wilson D. McGarry and Mary E. Walters prosecuted the case.
Reference is made to court filings for further information.