First Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester announced Friday the decision of a jury to convict Chad Wayne Kaspereit for federal gun crimes.
Kaspereit, 34, of Duncan, received the conviction by a jury for possession of firearms while the subject of a victim protective order — a document issued by a court after a victim is abused, stalked or harassed ordering the pursuer to stop doing so or be punished — and for falsely filling out a federal form to purchase firearms, according to the United States Department of Justice. The charges stem from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in conjunction with the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys K. McKenzie Anderson and Jacquelyn M. Hutzell prosecuted the case as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program focusing on violent crime reduction efforts through the Department of Justice.
“This office aggressively enforces the federal prohibition against possessing a firearm while under an active victim protection order,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Troester. “This case and others like it will protect victims from further abuse and protect law enforcement officers who respond to domestic calls. I want to thank the Oklahoma City Police Department, ATF, the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office, and especially the prosecutors in my office for working together to seek justice in this important case.”
Originally, Kaspereit faces three counts: the first relating to falsely filling out a statement used to obtain guns from a federal licensed dealer and counts two and three directly coinciding with possessing a firearm while under a court ordered victim protective order. Kaspereit was only convicted on the first two charges.
According to documentation filed in an indictment on March 19, Kaspereit falsely represented that he was not under a victim protective order when filling out a statement on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 — a form used to certify answers when purchasing firearms from a federally licensed dealer. Reports state the indictment further showed Kaspereit knew he was subject to a victim protective order in Stephens County when he filled out the form falsely on Dec. 7, 2017, at an Academy Store in Yukon, Oklahoma.
“The Stephens County protective order prohibited Kaspereit from harassing, stalking or threatening his ex-wife and their three children, and from using force or threats of force against them,” states Western District of Oklahoma United States Attorney’s Office under the United States Department of Justice. “Relying on Kaspereit’s false statement, Academy sold Kaspereit a Taurus Judge .45 caliber revolver and a Taurus PT 738 .380 pistol. Anyone purchasing a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer must certify their answers to certain questions on Form 4473.”
Counts two and three charged Kaspereit with felony possession of firearms while under the direction of a victim protective order.
“Count 2 alleged he possessed the Taurus Judge .45 caliber revolver and the Taurus PT 738 .380 pistol between Dec. 7, 2017, when he bought them at Academy, and Feb. 26, 2018, a period during which he was subject to the Stephens County protective order,” states Western District of Oklahoma United States Attorney’s Office. “Count 3 alleged he possessed the Taurus PT 738 .380 caliber pistol on October 16, 2018, when he was subject to a separate victim protective order in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.”
On Friday, jurors convicted Kaspereit to the first two counts, and found him not guilty on the third. During the course of the trial, jurors heard from Kaspereit’s first wife as well as his second wife. The jury also learned Kaspereit was under the direction of protective orders to keep him from harassing, stalking and intimidating both his first and second wife between the period of Sept. 3, 2015 to the present except for Feb. 27, 2018 - March 18, 2018.
According to the Western District of Oklahoma United States Attorney’s Office, “The jury heard that Kaspereit’s first wife agreed to dismiss her protective order in February 2018 only because she believed it was not stopping him from doing anything to her or the children.”
The jury further learned Kaspereit threatened his second wife with the handguns.
Kaspereit has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest on January 15, 2019. Sentencing is set to take place within 90 days and could include up to 10 years in prison on each of the two convicted counts along with a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. Kaspereit will become subject to three years of supervision upon his release after imprisonment.