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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 11, 2021

Winnebago Couple Sentenced for Assault

Acting United States Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Curtis Kearnes, age 42, and Jalyssa Harlan, age 28, of Winnebago, Nebraska, were both sentenced in federal court today in Omaha, Nebraska.  United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Kearnes to 87 months’ imprisonment for burglary and assault and sentenced Harlan to 36 months’ imprisonment for the assault.  There is no parole in the federal system.  After completing their terms of imprisonment, Kearnes and Harlan will both begin a 3-year term of supervised release. 

On June 19, 2020, at about 2:00 a.m. in Winnebago, Kearnes and Harlan entered without permission the home of two women, ages 59 and 74.  Kearnes then attacked both women.  Harlan directed Kearnes to attack one of the women.  Kearnes repeatedly struck the women with his fists.  One of the women suffered a broken nose and stiches to her face and the other suffered a broken jaw. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Winnebago Police Department.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Updated June 17, 2021