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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 7, 2016

Illegal Alien Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Possessing a Firearm

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that David Arriaga, age 23 of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced on October 7, 2016, by the Honorable Joseph F. Bataillon.  After a trial in July, Judge Bataillon found Arriaga guilty of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm.  Arriaga was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release when his incarceration ends, if he isn’t deported.

On October 13, 2015, at approximately 1:38 in the morning, officers of the Omaha Police Department were in the area of 21st and I Streets when they heard three to four gunshots.  They were able to see the shots had come from a nearby vehicle.  The officers conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and had the three occupants get out of the car.  Arriaga was a backseat passenger.  In the car the officers found a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in the back seat and three spent shells loose in the car.  Arriaga admitted to having fired the gun.  Arriaga is in the United States illegally and that status prevents him from legally possessing a firearm. 

The case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated October 24, 2016