Lincoln Man Sentenced as an Armed Career Criminal in Possession of a Firearm
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on October 31, 2012, a Lincoln man was sentenced to 210 months (17 ½ years) in prison for being an armed career criminal in possession of a firearm. On April 3, 2012, Deshawn Maurice Fletcher was arrested by officers of the Lincoln Police Department and was found to be in possession of more than four ounces of marijuana. A subsequent search of Fletcher’s residence resulted in the finding of a .22 caliber pistol. Fletcher admitted the gun belonged to him.
Fletcher was charged and convicted as an armed career criminal, because he had three prior felony convictions involving crimes of violence and/or drugs. Fletcher had a 2003 for terroristic threat; a 2004 conviction for terroristic threat and possession of a controlled substance; and a 2008 conviction for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. As an armed career criminal, Fletcher faced a sentence of 15 years to life imprisonment. Following the prison term, Fletcher will serve five years on supervised release. Fletcher’s federal prison term was ordered to run concurrently with a Lancaster County District Court sentence of 4-6 years imprisonment imposed on October 22, 2012, for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance which also arose from Fletcher’s April 3, 2012, arrest.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force, which includes officers of the Lincoln Police Department, the Lancaster County Sheriff=s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, (FBI), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department.