Alma woman sentenced for firearm-related charge
ALMA, Neb. -- An Alma woman received 2 1/2 years in prison for a firearm-related charge.
U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said 41-year-old Erin Leigh Gehrig, of Alma, was sentenced on Friday for possession of stolen firearms. She will serve 30 months in prison along with three years of supervised release after. There is no parole in the federal system. Gehrig pleaded guilty to the offense on Oct. 13, 2022.
According to court documents, a home in Bertrand was burglarized on April 13, 2021. The victim of the burglary is related to Gehrig. Fourteen firearms were taken in the burglary. Gehrig later told police that another person came to her and said he wanted to steal firearms.
Officials said Gehrig told that person about the home in Bertrand, and let that person use her minivan. That person later returned, and the 14 stolen firearms were in the back of the minivan. Gehrig set up the sale of the stolen firearms for $1,500 to two other people.
Authorities said law enforcement used a search warrant at the home of the purchasers. Thirteen of the 14 stolen firearms were found 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.