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District of Nebraska

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Omaha Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on April 10, 2015, James Kim Gatluak, 26, of Omaha, was sentenced to seven years (84 months) in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Following the prison term, Gatluak will serve two years on supervised release.

On September 2, 2014, two plainclothes Lincoln/Lancaster County Drug Task Force officers in an unmarked car were approached in a Lincoln alley by Gatluak and another man.  Gatluak asked the officers if they were “looking for some tree,” which the officers understood to be an offer to sell them marijuana.  The officers made contact with Gatluak and identified themselves as police officers.  Gatluak was patted down after officers saw him holding an item which they suspected to be a gun in his front pants pocket.  Gatluak was found in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun.  He told officers he usually carried a gun, because he had recently been assaulted in Omaha.  No marijuana was found in his possession.  Gatluak had two prior felony convictions from Hall County for robbery and assault by a confined person.

This case was investigated by the Lincoln/Lancaster County Drug Task Force.

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Updated April 17, 2015