Nebraska man accused of robbing multiple banks sentenced to more than 13 years


OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Below is a summary of the sentences handed down last week in federal court in Omaha, according to updates Monday from Acting US Attorney Steven Russell.

The Acting US Attorney’s office in Omaha reminds the public that there is no parole in the federal system.

Dalonte Forum, 25, of Omaha, was convicted Monday of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking of a minor. Foard will be sentenced on April 19, 2023 and faces life in prison. Foard is accused of removing two teenagers, ages 16 and 17, from a foster home where they disappeared in September 2020. Foard allegedly posted ads online promoting the girls for sexual acts. He also allegedly sexually assaulted one of the girls. Authorities say a man responded to the online ad and paid $60 for sex with one of the victims.

Alitia Tiklúk, 29, of Santee, Nebraska, was sentenced Monday by Judge Brian C. Buescher to 10 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In March 2022, probation officers entered Tikluk’s home and found digital scales and methamphetamine. Laboratory tests confirmed that there were approximately 190 grams of pure methamphetamine and 699 grams of mixed methamphetamine. Tikluk was already on probation from a prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

Aaron Joseph Kearney, 50, of Lincoln, was sentenced Jan. 20 by Judge John M. Gerrard to 13 years in prison for possession of child pornography. In August 2021, authorities were investigating an account on a messaging platform that shared child pornography with others. Kearney’s account was allegedly associated with the other account. He allegedly posted messages requesting child pornography and then shared six child pornography videos with the account. The account was traced to Kearney’s home in Lincoln and a search was conducted. Kearney’s phone allegedly had two child pornography videos on it. Kearney also had a prior conviction in 2008 for possession of child pornography.

torey benson, 41, of Norfolk, was sentenced Jan. 20 by Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to 9 years and six months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In November 2021, police stopped Benson’s car in Butler County and searched it, allegedly finding just under five pounds of methamphetamine, five LSD tablets, and three grams of marijuana. Benson allegedly admitted that he intended to sell the methamphetamine.

Elias Ramirez, Jr., 34, of Utah, was sentenced Jan. 20 by Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In December 2021, Ramirez and his girlfriend were traveling by bus from Utah to Minnesota. During a stop, the police claimed that his suitcase was suspicious. Both suspects denied it was his suitcase and police searched it and allegedly found nearly five pounds of cocaine. Footage from a previous bus stop allegedly shows the two carrying their bags, including the suitcase.

kevin l brown, 34, of Omaha, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge John M. Gerrard to 13 years and five months in prison on one count of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce by robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm to promote a crime of violence. Brown and co-defendant Charles Ware were charged with conspiring to rob banks throughout Nebraska. Brown allegedly robbed 10 banks and Ware allegedly robbed nine. The defendants allegedly wore high-quality masks depicting older men. A robber would enter wearing the mask, followed by accomplices who took control of the bank employees before another robber made his way into the bank vaults. The defendants ultimately robbed various Nebraska banks totaling $959,147.68 from June 1, 2015 through June 22, 2018.

William Stafford, 45, of Omaha, was sentenced Monday by Judge Brian C. Buescher to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. In November 2020, police noticed Stafford leaning against the back seat of a car and approached him. Stafford began making what the Justice Department described as sneaky movements and was eventually booked. During the search, police allegedly found two bags of marijuana, unused hypodermic needles, and $471 in cash. The car was also searched and police allegedly found syringes loaded with a blue liquid. At the Douglas County Jail, police also allegedly discovered that Stafford had a bag of methamphetamine in his underwear. He in total he allegedly had 19.67 grams of methamphetamine.

kylie thompson, 25, of Lincoln, was sentenced Tuesday by John M. Gerrard to one year and six months in prison for transferring firearms to a felon, also known as false purchase. Thompson allegedly bought 12 handguns in Lancaster County in 2021 and gave some to his boyfriend, Chase Bass, who was a convicted felon and could not possess firearms. At the time, Bass was on post-release supervision after being convicted of possessing an illegal short shotgun. Bass was arrested in Cass County in July 2021 on an outstanding warrant for violating post-release supervision of him. Thompson was present during the arrest but has not yet been arrested. Police allegedly discovered Bass had methamphetamine, baggies containing methamphetamine residue, at least two working firearms, $1,347 in cash, ammunition, drug records, phones, gun magazines, pipes, and a scale. Police then found several firearms that Thompson allegedly purchased for Bass and she was arrested in September 2021. Bass was sentenced in November 2022 to 14 years and two months in prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm to promote a crime of drug trafficking.

Kurt D. HeckenManager, 51, of Geneva, Nebraska, was sentenced Friday by Judge John M. Gerrard to 15 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of mixed methamphetamine and 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. In September 2021, State Police responded to a single motorcycle accident near Mead, Nebraska. Heckenliable was identified as the owner of the motorcycle and received medical attention at the scene and at a nearby hospital. According to authorities, during the response, state troopers noticed methamphetamine on the ground near the motorcycle and searched the vehicle. Police officers then allegedly found a total of approximately four kilograms of methamphetamine.



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