A North Platte man lands himself behind bars for illegal possession of a firearm.
Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that 43-year-old Wesley Hardin Hawkins was sentenced to 11 months in prison for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Hawkins was arrested by officers of the North Platte Police Department on September 15 of last year, after a North Platte woman called police to report that Hawkins was in her home with a handgun. Officers found Hawkins sleeping in the woman's home with the butt of a revolver sticking out from under the pillow.
Hawkins had a 2005 conviction in Lincoln County, for Third Degree Domestic Assault, which made him ineligible to possess a firearm.
This case was investigated by the CODE Task Force which includes the North Platte Police Department, Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Red Willow County Sheriff's Office, Frontier County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska State Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).