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Omaha Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Thomas Costanza, 52, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for possession of a firearm by a felon.  United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Costanza to 30 months’ imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release for that offense.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

On August 4, 2020, Costanza sold a Colt Government Model .45 caliber handgun to Sol’s Jewelry and Loan in Omaha.  During the transaction, Costanza provided his driver’s license, and Sol’s photocopied it.  Costanza also provided a fingerprint and took a photograph. The sale was recorded on a sales ticket.  Surveillance video from Sol’s showed Costanza enter the store with a brown bag, present it to the front counter, and remove the firearm.  Costanza was subsequently arrested and admitted to law enforcement that he sold the firearm to Sol’s.  That firearm was later determined to have been reported stolen.  On August 4, 2020, Costanza had a prior felony conviction for Theft by Shoplifting-Third Offense in Douglas County District Court, and he was therefore prohibited from possessing a firearm.

This case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime.           

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department. 

Contact

Susan Lehr – First Assistant United States Attorney; Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated February 23, 2023

Topics
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Firearms Offenses