Winnebago man sentenced in federal court after pushing, kicking relatives

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A 41-year-old Winnebago man was sentenced late last week for pushing an elderly relative down on the porch and kicking another relative last year.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp announced Tuesday that Joseph Levering was sentenced in connection to the incident, which occurred in September of 2020.

Levering received a 24-month prison sentence, and he will serve three years of supervised release upon leaving prison. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

In September 2020, officers with the Winnebago Police Department responded to a residence in Winnebago after receiving a hang-up 911 call. Upon arrival, officers met with two of Levering’s family members who reported that Levering had pushed the elderly relative down on the porch and kicked the other relative before leaving on foot. Levering was located walking nearby, heavily intoxicated. 

Levering has multiple prior assault convictions and was on supervised release for a prior domestic assault at the time of this assault.

This case was investigated by the Winnebago Police Department.