A-12-0951, State of Nebraska v. Deandra C. Welch (Appellant)
Lancaster County, District Judge Robert Otte
Attorney for Appellant: John Jorgensen (Deputy Public Defender)
Attorney for Appellee: Melissa R. Vincent (Assistant Attorney General)
Criminal Action: Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person; Driving Under Suspension
Action Taken by Trial Court: The district court, after a jury trial, convicted Welch of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and driving under suspension. Welch was later sentenced to 6 to 10 years’ imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and 1 to 3 months’ imprisonment for driving under suspension. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. Welch was given 73 days credit for time served.
Assignments of Error on Appeal: Welch assigns that (1) the district court improperly admitted Exhibit 26, a copy of four recorded telephone calls, (2) the district court erred in overruling his motion to suppress the evidence obtained from a warrantless search of his vehicle, (3) the remaining, properly admitted evidence was insufficient to support his conviction for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and (4) the district court imposed an excessive sentence.