Jan 10, 2020 5:44 PM

Lincoln man gets more than 2 years for stalking

Posted Jan 10, 2020 5:44 PM

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Brandon L. Swenson, 34, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 30 months in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for stalking.  In addition to serving his time in federal prison, Swenson will be required to serve 3 years of supervised release.

Between approximately 2012 through June 2019, Swenson assumed a fictitious on-line persona and developed a relationship with his victim.  Swenson sent text messages and videos to the victim and received messages and videos back from the victim.  In the course of the online relationship, Swenson and the victim used electronic communication systems and various Internet-based texting services, which are facilities of interstate and foreign commerce, to transmit messages.  Ultimately, Swenson sent threatening text messages to the victim with the intent to harass and intimidate her.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

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Driver pleads guilty to accident that killed 10-year-old

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - A driver accused of running into and killing a 10-year-old girl who was in a suburban Omaha crosswalk pleaded guilty Friday.

Masey Lawrence, 19, entered the plea in a Papillion courtroom to a charge of misdemeanor vehicular homicide. In return, prosecutors dropped charges of speeding and failing to yield to a pedestrian. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 3.

Lawrence struck Abby Whitford on Aug. 20 in downtown Papillion as Abby and her 6-year-old brother Ben headed across a street for a nearby library, authorities said. He was not injured. She died two days later.

Police said Lawrence, also a Papillion resident, remained at the scene after the accident.