For Immediate Release
Lincoln Man Sentenced to 3 Years as a Drug User in Possession of a Firearm
United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Jakerrius Jachun Gill, 23, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on December 27, 2022, by United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard to a term of 36 months’ imprisonment following his conviction for being an unlawful user of a controlled substance who possessed firearms. After he completes his prison sentence, Gill will also serve three years on supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. Gill pleaded guilty to the offense on September 20, 2022.
On June 2, 2021, Gill was contacted by an officer with the Lincoln Police Department (LPD). The officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from a car in which the defendant had been riding earlier. Marijuana was located in the car. Pills that had the appearance and markings of Oxycodone were found in the vehicle. (The pills were later discovered to be counterfeit and did not contain any controlled substances.) In a subsequent interview, Gill admitted to having purchased the pills from a woman near the area of 27th and Dudley Streets in Lincoln.
On July 11, 2021, Gill was driving a vehicle when he was stopped by an LPD officer. The officer detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officer searched the car and found a Glock model 22, .40 caliber handgun concealed underneath the floor mat on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence in Lincoln on November 16, 2021. Among the items located by police were drug paraphernalia, Oxycodone pills, and marijuana.
On January 13, 2022, another search warrant was executed at Gill’s residence. Among the items located by police were an AR-style rifle, a FN pistol, the frame of a Glock handgun, prescription pill bottles, and marijuana.
This case was investigated by the Lincoln Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and was part of Project Safe Neighborhood (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.