Lincoln man goes to prison for loaded gun under seat

2012-09-12T13:00:00Z 2015-01-22T14:03:00Z Lincoln man goes to prison for loaded gun under seatBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
September 12, 2012 1:00 pm  • 

A district judge Wednesday sentenced a 21-year-old Lincoln man to six to 10 years in prison for possessing a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson found under his driver's seat last fall.

A Lancaster County jury found Deandra Welch guilty in August.

Because he is a convicted felon, Welch can't legally possess a firearm.

At about 7:15 p.m. Oct. 26, two undercover Lincoln police officers saw him driving a block from the Holdrege Street police station in a blue 1995 Ford Crown Victoria.

They followed him in an unmarked car and watched him pull into a gas station at 33rd and Holdrege streets. He started to fill up but stopped the pump after getting about a quarter's worth.

Police said Welch ducked into his car for a few seconds after they pulled up behind him. When he got back out, he locked the doors.

After they arrested him for driving under suspension, they searched his car and found a loaded gun under his seat.

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