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

Monday, October 21, 2013

Omaha Felon Convicted of Possessing a Firearm Sentenced to Prison

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced today that the Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, U.S. District Court Judge, sentenced Thomas Ray Coonce, 58, to 24 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.  He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment, following his conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.   

In July 2011, a cooperating witness working with law enforcement bought ½ gram of methamphetamine from Coonce.  After Coonce asked the cooperator if he wanted to buy a gun, Omaha Police officers obtained a search warrant for Coonce’s residence.  The warrant was served and officers located 13 firearms and one that had previously been reported stolen.  Federal law makes it a felony for anyone who has been convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm. 

The Omaha Police Department was responsible for the investigation of this case.

Updated January 29, 2015