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Omaha Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that United States District Court Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Lugene Burnett, 59, of Omaha, Nebraska, to 21 months’ incarceration for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Burnett will serve a 3-year term of supervised release.

On May 18, 2022, Burnett went to Sol’s Jewelry and Loan and pawned a Savage Arms Springfield 120A .22L rifle for $45. On May 13 and May 22, 2022, Burnett also pawned ammunition at Sol’s. During the transactions, Burnett’s driver’s license was copied, his fingerprints were taken, he was photographed, and he signed documents completing the transaction. The rifle was examined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and was determined to have traveled in interstate commerce prior to Burnett’s possession. The Omaha Police Department investigated the history of the firearm and determined that the firearm belonged to Burnett’s girlfriend’s great uncle who had passed away. Burnett’s girlfriend was present in the pawnshop during the transactions, but Burnett was the one handling the firearm and ammunition and completing the transactions.

Prior to May 13, 2022, Burnett had been and knew he had been convicted of felonies to include Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree in Iowa and Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Violation in Nebraska.

This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. The United States Attorney’s Office has prosecuted this case with support from the following Project Guardian partner: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Omaha Police Department. For more information about Project Guardian, please see



Michael Norris - Criminal Chief (402) 661-3700

Updated May 18, 2023

Firearms Offenses