Alma woman sentenced to prison on federal firearm possession charges

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — An Alma woman was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison on charges of possession of a stolen firearm.

US Attorney’s Office announced that 41-year-old Erin Lee Gehrig was sentenced to 30 months in prison for possession of a stolen firearm. After she has completed her prison term, Gehrig will also serve three years under supervision. Gehrig pleaded guilty to the crime on October 13, 2022.

The US Attorney said that on April 13, 2021, a house in Bertrand, Nebraska was burglarized and 14 firearms were stolen. The robbery victim is linked to Gehrig.

Gehrig later told police that another man approached her and said he wanted to steal a firearm. Gehrig told the man about the Bertrand residence and allowed the man to use his minivan. The man later returned and the 14 firearms stolen were in the back of the van. Gehrig arranged for the sale of the stolen firearms for $1,500 to two other individuals. Law enforcement agencies searched the home of the buyers. During a search of the house, 13 of the 14 stolen firearms were found.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Kearney Police Department and the Phelps County Sheriff’s Office. This case is part of the Safe Neighborhoods Project (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

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