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United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that United States District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Jackson Williams, 36, on October 30, 2020 to 211 months’ imprisonment for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  There is no parole in the federal system. Williams will serve a five-year term of supervised release following his release from the Bureau of Prisons.

Officers were called to an Omaha residence on September 30, 2018 for a disturbance over a stolen vehicle. As part of their investigation, they received permission to search a nearby home.  Two firearms were located.  Williams was present and arrested for an outstanding parole violation.  The next day, a detective with the Omaha Police Department interviewed Williams who admitted to handling one of the guns and putting it in a drawer where police located it.  The second firearm was found in an adjoining room.  Both firearms were reported as stolen.

On July 9, 2020, Williams proceeded to a bench trial and was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Williams has previous felony convictions for attempted burglary, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and first degree false imprisonment.  The assaults, terroristic threats, and false imprisonment convictions were found to be crimes of violence, thereby qualifying Williams for enhanced sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act.    

This case was investigated primarily by the Omaha Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  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.

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