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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Douglas County, Nebraska, Resident Sentenced to 84 Months inPrison For Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA- On August 6, 2015, Jesse Craig Wilkinson, a 33 year-old resident of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt to 84 months in prison, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Judge Pratt also ordered Wilkinson to serve two years of supervised release following the period of imprisonment.

The investigation by law enforcement began with a report of suspicious activity occurring in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Wilkinson initially fled police officers, and when apprehended, was found to be in possession of a loaded .40 caliber handgun. Wilkinson was prohibited from possessing a firearm after he was convicted in 2003 in the District of Nebraska on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wilkinson pleaded guilty on April 2, 2015, to the current charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Updated August 11, 2015