A 19-year-old Omaha man charged in a deadly South Omaha shooting was ordered held without bail Friday.

Ary Soto, charged with first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony, was arrested in the Jan. 22 slaying of Roberto Gonzales, 20.

A judge told Soto that a guilty verdict on the murder charge could lead to life in prison and a guilty verdict on the weapons charge could result in five to 50 years behind bars.

Jan. 24, Omaha police issued a warrant for Soto’s arrest, and Jan. 31, he was found in San Antonio. He was extradited to Omaha.

A prosecutor said Friday that Gonzales died after being shot in the chest. Soto used his girlfriend’s car during the shooting, the prosecutor said, and his girlfriend set up the meeting between Soto and Gonzales in which the 20-year-old died.

Authorities say Soto and another man, Angell Ortega, 20, shot Gonzales about 8:30 a.m. at South 24th and P Streets. Ortega has also been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

Hector Serrano, 20, who has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and Aidee Briceno, 19, both have been charged with being accessories to a felony in the case.

Soto’s mother, Juana Lopez, 42, said outside court Friday that her son’s involvement in the slaying was a shock to her.

“Somebody told me my son was in trouble and someone else was dead,” she said. “I don’t know anything at all about his case. I need to talk to Ary’s attorney.”

Contact the writer: 402-444-1259, jay.withrow@owh.com

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