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

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan T. Lehr announced that Luis Lazo-Escobar, 32, of Nebraska, was sentenced on July 6, 2023, in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Lazo-Escobar to 60 months’ imprisonment and the forfeiture of $12,100.00 in U.S. currency. There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from prison, he will begin a 3-year term of supervised release.

On November 20, 2020, the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 Honda Civic with Luis Lazo-Escobar as the driver. In March 2021, Lexington Police conducted an interview with a subject who knew there was a gun and possibly methamphetamine inside of this vehicle. Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, which had been impounded and remained in police custody, and located the following contraband: a 9mm Taurus handgun, 150 rounds of ammunition, and $12,100 in United States currency. Lazo-Escobar is a convicted felon stemming from a possession of a controlled substance conviction in 2017.   

This case was investigated by the Kearney Police Department.


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

Updated July 7, 2023

Firearms Offenses