- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court had upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a former Omaha gang member.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1IqJpbQ ) that the high court on Friday upheld the conviction last year of Marcus “Cricket” Escamilla for the 2013 shooting death of Kenneth Gunia outside of a downtown Omaha apartment. Escamilla was sentenced to life plus five years for a weapons count.

Escamilla appealed, claiming that there was a lack of evidence of premeditation to sustain his conviction for first-degree murder.

But the Nebraska Supreme in a unanimous ruling disagreed, finding no merit in Escamilla’s arguments.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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