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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 28, 2016

Omaha Man Convicted of Possessing a Firearm

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Rashad Pettis, age 28, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty on December 14, 2015, to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Pettis and included an order that he be on supervised release for two years following his release from prison. 

On September 16 2015, Omaha Police Officers were in the area of 33rd and Hamilton Streets when they stopped a car for not having a valid license plate.  As officers got out of their car they saw the driver of the stopped car bend over as if to hide something.  When the officers approached they could see the grip of a handgun.  Pettis was the driver.  A check of his criminal history revealed a conviction for felony flight to avoid arrest in 2009.  It is a violation of federal law for someone who has been convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm.

The case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department.

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Updated April 1, 2016