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South Dakota Man Sentenced for Unlawful Firearm Possession

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

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Trentelle Clifton, 46, of South Dakota, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Chief United States District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Clifton to 72 months of imprisonment.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After his release from federal prison, Clifton will begin a 3-year term of supervised release.

On July 6, 2022, officers were dispatched to a vehicle in Omaha.  Upon arrival, officers located Clifton in the driver’s seat.  Clifton attempted to conceal a Springfield Armory handgun.  Officers collected the handgun and arrested Clifton.  The investigation revealed that the handgun was stolen and that Clifton’s DNA was on it.

Clifton was prohibited from possessing firearms because of prior felony convictions for: possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (2012); robbery (1999); robbery (2012); possession of a controlled substance (2010); escape (2005); and theft (1995).   

This case was investigated by Omaha Police Department and 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.


Susan Lehr - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated January 10, 2023

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