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Grand Island Man Sentenced for Gun Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Thomas McHenry, 49, of Grand Island, Nebraska, was sentenced April 12, 2024, in federal court in Lincoln, Nebraska for possession of a firearm by a felon. Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced McHenry to 46 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After McHenry’s release from prison, he will begin a 3-year term of supervised release.

In October of 2022, on a report of a disturbance, law enforcement in Grand Island were dispatched to a residence.  Upon their arrival, several witnesses identified McHenry as the individual who had brandished a firearm and threatened to kill a family member.  McHenry was arrested and it was determined he had numerous prior felony convictions.  A search warrant was obtained for the residence and law enforcement found and seized seven firearms and numerous types of ammunition.

This case was brought as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a comprehensive national strategy that creates local partnerships with law enforcement agencies to effectively enforce existing gun laws. It provides more options to prosecutors, allowing them to utilize local, state, and federal laws to ensure that criminals who commit gun crime face tough sentences. PSN gives each federal district the flexibility it needs to focus on individual challenges that a specific community faces.

This case was investigated by the Grand Island Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Lecia E. Wright – Supervisor Assistant United States Attorney (402) 661-3700

Updated April 15, 2024

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