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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Nebraska
Steven A. Russell, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 4, 2023

Omaha Woman Sentenced to 72 Months After Jury Convicts Her of Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Kristen M. Patterson, 40, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced on May 3, 2023, in federal court in Omaha for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a felon. United States District Brian C. Buescher sentenced Patterson to 72 months’ imprisonment. She was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release after her release from prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

In the early morning hours on April 7, 2021, Omaha Police officers observed Patterson’s truck and attached trailer parked and blocking the entrance of a storage facility in Omaha. After running the plates, officers discovered the trailer was stolen. Using their loudspeakers, patrol lights, spotlight, and sirens, law enforcement attempted to call Patterson out of the truck for approximately 20 minutes. Despite observing Patterson actively moving around the driver’s seat several times, Patterson did not comply with officer requests. After law enforcement made contact with Patterson, they discovered a knife on her driver’s seat and a firearm within hands reach in the inside open pocket of the center console. Patterson knew she was a felon at the time and therefore prohibited from possessing firearms. Patterson was the sole person in the truck. Her truck and the stolen trailer were packed with her household items because she was moving.

At trial, Patterson testified that she did not know that the firearm was in her truck despite it being next to her leg and visible from the driver’s seat. After hearing this testimony and other evidence at trial, the jury found her guilty. In determining her sentence Judge Buescher found that Patterson obstructed justice by lying when she testified at her trial. He ultimately sentenced her to 72 months’ imprisonment.

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

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