OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and weapon use for the shooting death of a Ralston woman over a drug debt has been sentenced to life in prison, plus 40 years for the weapons count.
Ricardo Escobedo Jr., 28, was sentenced this week in Douglas County District Court, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Prosecutors said Escobedo broke into a Ralston apartment on Oct. 18, 2013, to collect money from 42-year-old Aimee Kearns, who owed the Latin Kings cartel. Escobedo panicked and shot Kearns, police said. DNA evidence connected him to the crime, but police said he refused to give names of those he was working for.
Douglas County District Judge Peter Bataillon said he wasn’t inclined to give Escobedo a lighter sentence, noting she showed Kearns no mercy.