Court Upholds Sentence Killer Thought Was Excessive

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The Nebraska Supreme Court Friday upheld the 50-year-to-life sentence of a man who beat his ex-girlfriend to death.

William Pereira was sentenced last year in Lancaster County District Court after pleading no contest to second-degree murder. He killed 19-year-old Alissa Magoon in December 2010 in a fit of jealous rage, suspecting her of seeing another man.

Police summoned to Magoon's Lincoln apartment discovered Pereira, a 27-year-old immigrant from El Salvador, beating Magoon on the head with a piece of wood. She died of blunt-force trauma to the head.

In his appeal, Pereira had argued that his sentence was excessive, but the state's high court ruled his sentence is within the range set by state law.

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