A parolee caught in a Lincoln hotel room with cash and meth was sentenced Friday to more than 10 years in federal prison.

Aaron "A.J." Burkholder, 42, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

On April 5, 2018, Lincoln police went to a hotel near the airport and found Burkholder, who was wanted for absconding parole, after getting information that he was there with a large amount of meth.

When police entered, they found him on the bed with $775 cash and nearly 70 grams of methamphetamine.

More than 100 children were staying at the hotel at the time for an FFA event in town.

Chief U.S. District Judge John Gerrard sentenced Burkholder on Friday to 10 years and 10 months in prison, plus five years of supervised release.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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