A 28-year-old Omaha man will spend more than five years in federal prison for his role in a 2011 theft of explosives.

U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg said Travis McQueen was sentenced Monday to 63 months in prison. He had pleaded guilty to possessing stolen explosives.

In August 2011, 100 pounds of blasting agent, 3,000 feet of detonating cord and two cases of boosters were stolen from the Buckley Powder Co. in rural Cass County.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms offered a reward, and an anonymous caller suggested that McQueen may have been involved.

Prosecutors say McQueen helped dispose of the explosives in the Missouri River.

Investigators recovered some of the stolen material by dredging the river, and they believe most of the material was thrown into the river.

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