The Georgia woman who bought the gun that was used to kill Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco last May was sentenced to one year probation. A judge also sentenced Jalita Johnson to 180 days of home confinement and community service.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms conducted an emergency trace of the firearm recovered at the shooting and traced it back to Johnson. She pleaded guilty to lying when she purchased the gun saying it was for herself. Instead, she gave the gun to her boyfriend, Marcus Wheeler who shot and killed Officer Orozco.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer is reacting to Johnson’s sentencing.
“I am disappointed in the court’s decision to sentence Jalita Johnson to one year of probation for the illegal purchase of a firearm that was used to kill Officer Kerrie Orozco. Illegal straw purchases, like this one, is a well-documented manner in which violent offenders obtain their firearms. Straw purchases are a link to the gun violence that has damaged our community over and over, and the court missed an opportunity to make a bold statement.” -Chief Schmaderer
A straw purchase is defined as a criminal act in which a person who is prohibited from buying firearms uses another person to buy a gun on their behalf.