LINCOLN, Neb. -- A southeast Nebraska woman was sentenced to probation this week following a conviction for possessing an unregistered silencer.

Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Russell announced that 38-year-old Tia Hall of Falls City was given a three-year sentence of probation on Wednesday.

Hall advertised the silencer for sale on Facebook. In the posting, she said the item was a “Napa 4003 fuel filter.” Law enforcement, however, suspected Hall’s Facebook advertisement was dishonest, noting that the advertisement stated that the item “fits 5/8 threaded barrel,” and the ad listed several common rifle calibers such as “.308, .300 Blackout, [and] 6.5 Creedmoor,” with which the silencer would be compatible.

An officer working in an undercover capacity responded to the Facebook advertisement and arranged to purchase the silencer from Hall on July 8, 2020. Hall met with the officer as they had arranged and sold him the silencer.

Through meeting with Hall, officers suspected that Hall was not the person who had acquired the silencer to sell, but that she was selling the silencer on behalf of another person who was not familiar with using Facebook.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge John M. Gerrard stated that this type of offense typically would result in a prison sentence, but that he was departing from his usual practice due to the fact that Hall was not the primary culprit in obtaining and distributing the illegal silencer, and that Hall had "made significant progress in bettering her situation" while on pretrial release.

The case was investigated by the Richardson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.