- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A man serving decades in prison for the 2004 shooting death of a Nebraska soccer player is taking his case to a federal appeals court.

Lucky Iromuanya was convicted of second-degree murder for the death of 21-year-old Jenna Cooper, a starting University of Nebraska-Lincoln soccer player. Iromuanya has never denied firing the single shot outside a Lincoln party that struck Cooper in the neck, but said he only intended to fire a warning shot after being confronted by a drunken man.

Iromuanya was initially sentenced to life, but the Nebraska Supreme Court reduced his sentence to 70 years to life.

Last month, a federal judge denied Iromuanya’s petition for habeas corpus, or relief from illegal detention. Iromuanya filed notice of appeal on Tuesday.

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