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Nebraska Man Sentenced for Escape from Federal Reentry Center

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Aaron Jason Burkholder, 46, of Nebraska, was sentenced today to 18 months for escape from a federal reentry center by Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard. Following his release from prison, Burkholder will serve three years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

In December of 2021, Burkholder was serving a prior federal sentence for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine actual.  He was transferred from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to a Residential Reentry Center (RRC) in Kearney, Nebraska, to finish serving the remainder of his sentence and was scheduled for release in November of 2022.  However, on June 28, 2022, Burkholder escaped from the custody of the RRC by cutting off his GPS ankle monitor after being ordered to return to the RRC due to rules violations.  Attempts by RRC staff to contact Burkholder were unsuccessful and he was placed on escape status.  He was arrested on a federal warrant on October 18, 2022.  Burkholder’s RRC placement on his previous federal sentence was revoked, and he is scheduled to complete his incarceration with the Bureau of Prisons on that sentence in April of 2024.

This case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.


Susan T. Lehr, First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Drug Enforcement Unit Chief (402) 661-3700

Updated April 28, 2023