OMAHA, Neb. -- An Omaha man previously convicted of a sex crime has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell announced Friday that Cornell Williams was sentenced to 21 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On September 4, 2020, while on federal probation for failing to register as a sex offender, Williams discharged a 9 mm pistol from the balcony of his Omaha apartment. Police officers responded to the shooting, entered Williams’s apartment, and found the pistol in a cabinet. Williams admitted to discharging the pistol. 

Williams was prohibited from possessing firearms because of prior felony convictions. On May 2, 2002, Williams was sentenced to 12 years in prison in Minnesota for first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Following his release from prison in Minnesota, Williams was required to register as a sex offender. On April 17, 2019, Williams was convicted federally in Nebraska of failing to register as a sex offender. 

This case was investigated by the Omaha Police Department.