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St. Paul Man Sentenced to Four Years for Possessing Firearms

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

Acting United States Attorney Susan T. Lehr announced that Robert T. Jaeger, 44, of St. Paul, Nebraska, was sentenced on July 10, 2023, by Senior United States District Judge John M. Gerrard to four years’ imprisonment for possessing firearms after having been convicted of a felony offense. He was also sentenced to a three-year term of supervised release to be served after he completes his prison sentence. There is no parole in the federal system. Jaeger pleaded guilty to the offense on February 16, 2023.

On August 23, 2022, a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) received a report that Jaeger was threatening to murder a person who had recently obtained a protection order against Jaeger. It was reported to the NSP that Jaeger had parked his vehicle near the location where the person who obtained the protection order was employed. NSP Troopers located Jaeger in that area. As police began to approach the area, Jaeger began driving away. Jaeger was stopped and arrested a short distance away from where he had been parked.

Jaeger’s vehicle was searched following his arrest. Among the items found in the car were three rifles, two of which were equipped with scopes, a handgun, ammunition, knives, a tactical vest, a ghillie suit (a form of camouflage), three silencers made from oil cans, and a Halloween type mask. Because of a prior felony conviction, Jaeger was prohibited from possessing the firearms, ammunition, and silencers.

The Nebraska State Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives contributed to this investigation. This case is 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Matt Lierman - Chief, Drug Enforcement Unit (402) 661-3700

Updated July 13, 2023

Firearms Offenses