(STL.News) – TYRONE LEROY OUTLEY, 27, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been sentenced to 360 months in prison for possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute, as well as possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.
Outley was indicted on November 8, 2017, with three counts—possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and felon in possession of a firearm—all of which stemmed from his March 15, 2017, arrest by Oklahoma City Police Department officers. At trial, the government presented evidence that Mr. Outley attempted to flee from law enforcement and refused to submit when caught by police. During the ensuing struggle, Outley repeatedly reached for his jacket pocket, which was later found to contain a loaded .22 caliber revolver. Also in that pocket was what the arresting officer described as a large crack rock. At the time of the offense, Mr. Outley had twice been convicted of possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute in the prior four years. He was also serving four deferred, suspended, or probationary sentences from state violations.
On October 11, 2018, the jury found Outley guilty on all counts. A subsequent Supreme Court decision led to the government dismissing the felon in possession count.
On December 16, 2019, U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot sentenced Outley to 300 months in prison on the drug count, to be followed by 60 months of imprisonment on the firearm count. Judge Friot also imposed fifteen years of supervised release.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation—Oklahoma City Field Office, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David McCrary and Wilson McGarry prosecuted the case.
This case is part of the work of the Organized Crimes and Drug Enforcement Task Force, the Department of Justice’s signature initiatives to address and reduce drug-related criminal activity.