Anthony Sanchez, 21, will be sentenced in March. He faces 25 years to life in prison.
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Lawyers for the city were in court Wednesday to try to persuade a judge to overturn an arbitrator's decision that effectively reduced the city's firing of Steve LeClair, Omaha's fire union president, to a five-day suspension.
The first-degree murder trial for 21-year-old Anthony Sanchez is expected to last into next week.
Eric Nelson’s defense team asked a judge to not allow prosecutors to refer to Nelson's outburst in his felony child abuse trial, arguing that the comments were uttered while Nelson was alone and that it could cause jurors to have a bias against him. But in a late-December ruling, Judge Thomas Otepka refused, saying prosecutors have the right to present that evidence, should Nelson go to trial.
The World-Herald has compiled a list of 13 criminal or civil cases that were the most unsettling of the past decade.
What started out as two flu cases Dec. 14 mushroomed into 23 confirmed cases as of Friday, Douglas County Corrections Director Mike Myers said. While the 23 men and women suffering so far represent a small percentage of the 1,264 inmates, the flu has hit seven of the 29 housing units at the jail.
Jeremiah Plater was killed outside a convenience store on the northwest corner of 102nd Street and West Maple Road.
Nikko Jenkins has a new makeshift tattoo: the word Dawn. Lubbock, Texas, resident Dawn Arguello wishes he wouldn’t have done it. But she isn’t denying that she has feelings for the man who murdered Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena, Curtis Bradford and Andrea Kruger in 2013.
In April, Tyron Stapleton, 35, was sentenced to the equivalent of 20 to 22½ years in prison on charges that he repeatedly raped his 13-year-old neighbor. On Wednesday, a judge held Stapleton without bail on additional charges that he sexually assaulted two women in 2009.