Killer’s Conviction, Sentence Upheld

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and sentence of a Lincoln man for the 2004 shooting death of a Nebraska soccer player. Lucky Iromuanya had argued that his trial and appeal lawyers were ineffective and that a lower court erred by not granting him a hearing on that claim.

The 30-year-old Iromuanya was convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting death of Jenna Cooper, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln soccer player, and eventually sentenced to 50 years.

Among Iromuanya's latest claims were that his trial lawyer failed to object to witness testimony and gave Iromuanya bad advice not to testify in his own defense.

The state's high court on Friday said Iromuanya failed to show his lawyers were deficient or that he was prejudiced by his lawyers' deficiencies.

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