LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday upheld the murder convictions of two men involved with a botched robbery in Omaha.
The court rejected separate appeals from Ryan Elseman, 21, and Nicholas Ely, 23.
Both are serving life sentences after being convicted of felony murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Kristopher Winters.
According to the court rulings, Elseman and Ely were part of a group that tried to rob Winters of drugs and money in July 2011 at Winters' home near 51st and U Streets. When Winters fought back, Elseman shot him through the neck.
A third man, Marqus Patton, also received a life sentence for his role in the killing, while Drake Northrop, who cooperated with police, was convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Emily Gusman, the fifth person involved, was sent to the Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center because she was 15 when Winters was killed. She had gained access to Winters' home by saying she wanted to purchase marijuana. Once in the house, she texted Elseman letting him know that the door was open and that Winters was there with a friend.