An Ada man who allegedly sent a letter indicating he wanted to go to war with police and kill a district attorney was sentenced Thursday to serve time in a federal prison.
David Paul McKnight, 33, was sentenced to serve 41 months, followed by 36 month of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Ryan Roberts, assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. He pleaded guilty to the charge earlier this year.
Authorities became suspicious of McKnight after jailers at the Pontotoc County Justice Center intercepted a letter McKnight sent to an inmate in September 2011. Ada Police Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) obtained a search warrant for McKnight’s residence and conducted a raid where they arrested McKnight. Several loaded guns were found at the residence, police said.
In a court affidavit filed by Ada Police Detective Shane Jones, some of the letter was provided. In it, the writer indicates he is upset because a friend was locked up and believes police are trying to lock everyone up.
Roberts said Thursday McKnight “did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, several firearms which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.”
Roberts said the case was turned over to federal authorities because of the gun charge. He said although McKnight was not charged federally for the threats, it was a factor in sentencing. He said McKnight, previously convicted of a felony, was feloniously possessing firearms while committing a federal crime of making threats.
“He possessed a firearm and was committing another offense which was mailing the threatening communication, so he wasn’t necessarily charged for it, but he was held accountable for it and sentenced for it,” Roberts said. “(McKnight) will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison, at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.”