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Armed Omaha protester sentenced to 30 months in prison

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 14:00:31-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A federal judge in Omaha sentenced Travis Walker, who was found to be a convicted felon and in possession of a firearm during last summer's protests, to 30 months in prison without the possibility of parole and three years of probation.

On June 1, the United States Department of Justice's (DOJ) Omaha office said Omaha Police officers responded to a call of people violating a then-in-place curfew. According to the DOJ, the police were the target of protesters who were throwing bottles and rocks at the officers.

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During contact with police and a subsequent search, police found a loaded .22 caliber handgun with a round in the chamber in Walker's backpack.

Walker had previously been convicted of attempted robbery and, as a result of that conviction, was banned from possessing a firearm.

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