Man pulled over with 7 guns on I-80 near Waverly gets 20 months in prison


LINCOLN, Neb.  (KLKN) — A man will spend more than a year in prison for a weapons violation near Waverly.

U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Adam Stuart Vannoy, 41, on Tuesday to 20 months in prison for being a user of controlled substances in possession of firearms.

On March 14, 2021, Vannoy, then of Denver, was traveling east on Interstate 80. Authorities say another motorist called 911 west of Lincoln, reporting that Vannoy’s pickup tailgated him, passed him a couple of times, then raced off, far exceeding the speed limit.

A state trooper spotted the vehicle near the Waverly interchange and pulled it over. The trooper immediately noticed marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the truck, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Vannoy told the trooper that he had a handgun in his pocket. The trooper found six more guns, including an AR-15-style rifle with an illegal silencer, in the pickup.

Vannoy said he had so many weapons with him because he was moving from Denver to Pennsylvania.

He also admitted to being a regular marijuana user, authorities say.

Vannoy was released on bail three days later.

On March 23, while trying to buy an AR-15-style rifle from a store in Ankeney, Iowa, he said he was surprised that his friends did not call him to see if he was the shooter at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store the day before.

That prompted the store to cancel the sale, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Vannoy was then arrested on new federal charges.

After his prison sentence, he will serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

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