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United States of America v. Don Bauermeister
District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Omaha, Nebraska
Case Number: 8:17-cr-00256-LSC-MDN
Judge: Laurie Smith Camp
Court: United States District Court for the District of Nebraska (Lancaster County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Michael P. Norris
Defendant's Attorney: Bill Gallup
Description: Lincoln, NE - Former Council Bluffs Assistant City Prosecutor Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
Don Bauermeister, 44, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha on January 29, 2018. Bauermeister was an Assistant City Attorney in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to distribute at least 13 pounds but less than 20 pounds of marijuana. The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp, Chief United States District Court Judge, sentenced Bauermeister to five years of probation and a $5,000.00 fine.
On January 9, 2017, a Utah State Trooper recovered 12 pounds of marijuana and a pound of THC wax during a traffic stop on I-80. The driver indicated he drove from Omaha to Oregon on two occasions to pick up marijuana for Bauermeister.
A series of texts from the driverís phone and Bauermeister confirmed the two trips. When the FBI confronted Bauermeister he resigned his position as Assistant City Attorney for Council Bluffs, Iowa and admitted his involvement in the distribution of marijuana.
In sentencing Bauermeister, Judge Smith Camp recognized the felony conviction and noted that a prosecutor should be held to a higher standard. She then imposed a five year term of probation and a $5,000.00 fine. The sentence was within the advisory guidelines range.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to a five year term of probation and a $5,000.00 fine. The sentence was within the advisory guidelines range.