- Associated Press - Friday, August 26, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man for a 2012 drive-by shooting that killed a 16-year-old Omaha girl.

Tracy Parnell was convicted in April 2015 for the shooting that killed Eriana Carr and injured Nakia Johnson. Parnell was sentenced to life in prison for the murder count and up to 170 years for attempted murder and various weapons counts.

On Friday, the state’s high court rejected Parnell’s arguments that he should have been granted a new trial and that his threats toward one of the victims should not have been allowed into evidence at his trial.

Police say Parnell threatened Johnson at gunpoint days before the shooting, because she had invited a rival gang member to the apartment she shared with Parnell’s girlfriend.

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