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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 28, 2014

Omaha Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced today that Laron Hawkins, age 26, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Hawkins to 6 years, 3 months in prison.  After his release from prison Hawkins will begin a 3 year term of supervised release.   

On September 13, 2013, Omaha police officers stopped a car Hawkins was driving after they saw him commit a traffic violation.  As they made contact with Hawkins, they saw he had a small quantity of marijuana in his lap.  A search of the vehicle was done and a stolen .45 caliber handgun was found under his seat.  Hawkins had previously been convicted of a felony offense and, as such, is prohibited by law from possessing firearms.

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department.

Updated January 29, 2015