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Lincoln Man Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced that Alexander Horse, 22, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on February 9, 2024 in federal court in Lincoln for being a felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Horse to 60 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After Horse’s release from prison, he will begin a 3-year term of supervised release.

On September 5, 2022, around 3:35 am, Horse was dropped off at a McDonald’s parking lot in Lincoln just before another car arrived. Two occupants with firearms got out and began shooting at Horse who retreated on foot through the drive-through. Circumstantial evidence collected by police showed that Horse returned fire with his own gun. The two individuals shooting at Horse fled the scene before police arrived. A witness at the scene said Horse asked her to hide his gun from police after the shooting. Police arrived, located the gun in the witness’s car, and found it to be a Beretta model 950 BS semiautomatic .25 caliber pistol. The gun was covered in Horse’s blood according to DNA analysis. Two different calibers of casings were collected at the scene; three were .25 caliber. Ballistics analysis confirmed the .25 caliber casings were fired from Horse’s Beretta model 950 BS semiautomatic .25 caliber pistol. Horse was shot multiple times and suffered injuries from the shooting. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Horse’s phone and located videos showing Horse shooting firearms on occasions other than September 5. 

At the time of the crime, Horse was a convicted felon out of Lancaster County, Nebraska, and was serving a term of post-release supervision for those felony convictions. As a felon, he was not permitted to possess a firearm. Horse’s sentence was enhanced because he possessed more than three firearms, and at least one was a semi-automatic firearm capable of accepting a large capacity magazine.

This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department and the FBI. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Matt Lierman - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit  (402) 661-3700

Updated February 12, 2024

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