Perhaps it was fitting that a revenge-filled case ended with few words.
A Douglas County judge said little Tuesday as he imposed a life sentence plus 110 years in a case that was fueled by revenge over the stabbing of a notorious, now-dead Omaha gang member.
Shortly after 14 shots riddled the body of Matthew M. Voss, 34, in February 2012, Police Officer Paul Sarka chased down Tillman Henderson, 25. Henderson had a murder weapon on him — and a deep motive.
The motive went like this:
Voss had stabbed gang member Jimmy Levering in 2009 — as both men served time in a Florida federal prison — because he suspected Levering in the 2007 shooting death of Voss' cousin, Omahan Kenny Miller.
Levering survived the stabbing. However, after his release from prison, Levering was shot and killed outside the Club Seville in 2011.
The death of Levering didn't stop Henderson from carrying around a few things: a cellphone with Levering's picture as the wallpaper, two guns and a grudge.
Henderson and another man spotted Voss at an after-hours club near 16th and Harney Streets. Henderson and the second man — authorities have not charged or publicly identified him — shot Voss 14 times, including eight times in the face.
Henderson was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges.
When District Judge J Russell Derr asked Henderson if he had anything to say, he had a one-word response: “No.”
He then shuffled out in leg irons, on his way to prison for the rest of his life.
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