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Nebraska Supreme Court upholds Zachary Mueller murder conviction; revises credit for time served

Nebraska Supreme Court upholds Zachary Mueller murder conviction; revises credit for time served
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A 27-year-old Bridgeport man’s 1st Degree Murder conviction and life prison sentence has been upheld, but the Nebraska Supreme Court did modify one part of his sentencing order.

Zachary Mueller  was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Pedro Dominguez after a jury convicted him of shooting the man and stuffing his body in a barrel and disposing it in a creek near his home.

In October, the high court heard an appeal citing four assignments of error in the case; including insufficient evidence for a 1st Degree Murder conviction and that Morrill County District Court imposed an excessive sentence for his lesser convictions.

Today, the Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed his convictions and rejected his claims that his sentence was excessive. However they did agree with his attorney that Mueller should have been given time served credit for the 91 days he spent in a Wyoming jail before being transferred to Nebraska.

Mueller’s prison sentence was modified to having 462 days of time served- not 371 days as originally ordered- for his conviction of Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person.

In addition to his life sentence for 1st Degree Murder, Mueller is serving 20 to 40 years for Use of a Firearm to Commit a Felony, 20 to 40 years for Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prohibited Person, as well as 2 to 4 years for a Lancaster County 2nd Degree Arson conviction. All of those sentences are to be served consecutive to each other.

 

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