Alma woman sentenced to prison on federal firearms conviction

Alma woman sentenced to prison on federal firearms conviction
Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 5:52 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2023 at 1:28 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (KSNB) - An Alma woman was sentenced to 30 months in prison on a conviction for possession of stolen firearms Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced 41-year-old Erin Leigh Gehrig was sentenced to 30 months in prison for possession of stolen firearms. After she completes her prison sentence, Gehrig will also serve three years on supervised release. Gehrig pleaded guilty to the offense on October 13, 2022.

The U.S. Attorney said a home in Bertrand, Nebraska, was burglarized on April 13, 2021 and 14 firearms were stolen. The victim of the burglary is related to Gehrig.

Gehrig later told police that another person approached her and said he wanted to steal firearms. Gehrig told that person about the residence in Bertrand, and allowed that person to use her minivan. That person later returned, and the 14 stolen firearms were in the back of the minivan. Gehrig arranged for the sale of the stolen firearms for $1,500 to two other persons. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at the home of the purchasers. Thirteen of the 14 stolen firearms were recovered when that home was searched.

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 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.