A Council Bluffs man will spend more than a quarter century in Nebraska's penitentiary for his role in a meth-related slaying two years ago.
Corey Brooks, 42, was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 56 years in prison. That means he won't be eligible for parole for 28 years.
Brooks was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of James Asmus, 50. He also was found guilty of drug and gun charges.
Prosecutor Tom McKenney called Brooks a drug dealer and the master manipulator behind Asmus' death.
“Even today, he shows no regret,” McKenney told Douglas County District Court Judge Joseph Troia.
Before his sentencing, Brooks apologized to the Asmus family – then asked Troia for leniency.
Prosecutors have said that Brooks and two other men – Anthony Good, 36, and Jason Hanan, 27 – killed Asmus when they opened fire inside a detached garage in south Omaha in September 2011. Three bullets struck Asmus – one in the back of his head. Prosecutors have identified Hanan as the shooter.
Prosecutors said that Brooks thought Asmus planned to rob him. But McKenney said there was no such plot.