Omaha woman sentenced in Pott. County on firearms charge


December 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska woman was sentenced last week in Pottawattamie County, to slightly more than 9-years in prison, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The 110-month sentence was handed down on Dec. 11th in U-S District Court, against 31-year old Janel Marie Giovannoni, of Omaha. District Court Judge John A. Jarvey ordered the woman to be placed on 3-years of supervised release once her term is served. Giovannoni remained in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at which she will serve her sentence.

According to the U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, Giovannoni was sentenced upon her September 5, 2012, plea of guilty to the charge of felon in possession of a firearm. The charge arose from a January 4, 2012, incident in Council Bluffs in which officers of the Council Bluffs Police Department caught Giovannoni and two other persons burglarizing a motor vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment. Giovannoni was found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol.

Under the terms of her federal plea agreement, Giovannoni has also entered pleas of guilty to a State of Iowa charge in Mills County for conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and in Pottawattamie County to an unrelated charge of credit card forgery. She is awaiting sentencing on the state charges.

The case against her was investigated by the Council Bluffs Police Department, the SouthWest Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms. It  was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.