Federal court sentences Nebraska man for possession of guns after two children found in Kansas

June 19 weekly roundup from federal court in Omaha
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 3:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 6:01 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nebraska reported weekly sentencing updates.

U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp’s office in Omaha reminds the public that there is no parole in the federal system.

Tanner Joel Leichleiter, 32, of Tekamah was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Brian C. Buescher to eight years for possessing 10 firearms, including an assault rifle. In an investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Tekamah Police Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff, and Wichita Police Department, it’s reported that Leichleiter pleaded guilty last August to being a drug user and possession of guns. According to the release, Leichleiter’s co-defendant, Nora Gilda Guevara-Triana, requested him to teach her grandchildren’s mother a lesson by taking the children, ages four and seven from Tekamah to Kansas without car seats or shoes in April 2020. Leichleiter was found with the children when a farmer was able to spot him and the car from an Amber Alert that was issued. The release further states marijuana, a pit bull, and 10 guns were scattered throughout the car with the children and the drugs and guns were within reach.

Larry Brye, 30, of Omaha, was sentenced Thursday by Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to about eight years for possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and hydrocodone, and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. In an investigation with Omaha Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it’s reported Brye has previous convictions on various charges including theft, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, and more. Officers had a search warrant at his place in August 2020 after police conducted five controlled buys between May and August 2020. According to the release, Brye collectively sold fentanyl, marijuana, and meth in the controlled buys. In the search at his home, police found cocaine, hydrocodone, alprazolam, tramadol, marijuana, heroin, fentanyl mix, and a cutting agent.

Jessica A. Lovering, 30, of Omaha, was sentenced Thursday by Judge John M. Gerrard to a sentence of time served for conspiracy to pass and utter forged United States treasury checks and two counts of passing and uttering forged United States treasury checks. In an investigation with Omaha Police and the U.S. Secret Service, she went to the EZ Money Check Cashing near S. 51st & L twice and forged a $1,400 stimulus check according to the release. Lovering was able to cash one of the checks. The release states that a white powdery substance was used to cover the original payee’s name and “Jessica Lovering” had been placed on both checks as the payee. Further in the investigation, it was discovered Lovering received the checks from Courtney Clark. Officials were able to obtain text messages and conversations through Facebook Messenger between them and according to the release, Clark and Lovering discuss the manufacturing and alteration of checks, cashing a check at the EZ Money near 50th and L Streets, and splitting the money. It’s reported Lovering served three months and 11 days and is ordered to pay $1,400 in restitution.

Kimberley Kaye Brummett, 59, of Elkhorn, was sentenced Friday by Judge John M. Gerrard to five years for two counts of wire fraud. In an investigation with the Nebraska State Patrol and Federal Bureau of Investigation, it’s reported Brummett was involved in a scheme to defraud Taste Traditions. According to the release, she opened an account with Centris Federal Credit Union under her name and doing business as “GIX Logistics,” but omitted the “Inc.” that is used by the real “GIX Logistics.” Officials say she submitted many fake invoices under the “GIX Logistics” name and Taste Traditions would then issue checks to pay the fake invoices and Brummett deposited those checks into the fake GIX Logistics account she created. The release further states that Taste Traditions paid a total of $1,666,128.13 to her made-up company between 2013 and the end of her employment in 2019. It’s reported Brummett is ordered to pay the same amount in restitution.

Luis Lopez, 39, of Jalisco, Mexico, was sentenced Friday by Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. In an investigation with DEA and Omaha Police, officials started investigating a co-conspirator of Lopez for distributing meth last April according to the release. Officials say there was an undercover operation in April 2022 where Lopez and the co-conspirator sold and disturbed one pound of meth. A few days later there was a traffic stop after police noticed the same car twice that was driven by Lopez in at least one drug sale with the co-conspirator as a passenger. Police found a great amount of money during the traffic stop which escalated to a search warrant at Lopez’s place. The release further states that $89,930 was seized overall. Officials say Lopez will be deported after his sentence and will forfeit any interest in the money that was seized.

Tressa Thompson, 46, of Omaha, was sentenced Thursday by Judge John M. Gerrard to over five years for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of pure methamphetamine. In an investigation with Omaha Police and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, officers got in contact with Thompson and the co-defendant while they were parked on the street in December 2020 according to the release. It’s reported co-defendant tried to run and dumped a pound of meth while Thompson stayed in the passenger side with a container of meth. Officials say that phone records revealed the co-defendant was giving the drug to Thompson who resold it. Police found over $2,000 in the car and seized 640 grams of pure meth.

Carmen Vazques, 19, of San Diego, California, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge John M. Gerrard to three and half years for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In an investigation with Nebraska State Patrol and the Central Nebraska Drug and Safe Streets Task Force, a trooper stopped a car last February in Hamilton County that was driven by the co-defendant and occupied by Vazques according to the release. With consent from the co-defendant, officials say they found five bags of meth hidden behind the front passenger seat during a search. After getting consent, the release states that Vazques handed the trooper a bag containing a joint and directed troopers to more marijuana in her luggage. Testing at the Nebraska State Patrol crime lab confirmed the five bags as meth weighing about six pounds. It’s reported she has a pending case in San Diego for transporting a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

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