- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A man has been given life in prison for stabbing to death a Columbus resident during a botched robbery last year.

Eric Henry, 31, was sentenced on Tuesday by Judge Robert Steinke in Platte County District Court in Columbus, the Columbus Telegram said (https://bit.ly/1npx925 ). In April a jury convicted Henry of first-degree murder for killing Steven Jorgensen at Jorgensen’s home on May 17 last year.

Prosecutor Sandra Allen said Tuesday that Henry had a criminal record of violence dating back to his years as a juvenile. Allen told Steinke that Henry said during the preparation of his presentence investigation report that he never thought he assaulted anyone “who didn’t deserve it.”

Steinke said Henry’s history of violent behavior showed that Henry couldn’t survive outside of prison or obey society’s laws. The judge also said during the sentencing hearing that Henry “relished this crime and the degree of violence rendered (on Jorgensen) made helpless by being bound.” An expert testified that Jorgensen was stabbed 15 times.

Two accomplices already have been imprisoned. Kimberly Henderson received a 50- to 60-year sentence, and Quentin Critser was given a 35- to 45-year sentence. They’d pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder. Both testified against Henry during his trial.

The prosecution said the three defendants went to Jorgensen’s home to get money. When Jorgensen began resisting, prosecutors said, he was killed.

His body was found on the floor between the kitchen and living room of his home five days after he was killed, investigators said.


Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com

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