Nebraska Supreme Court Upholds Conviction In Assisted Suicide Case

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and sentence of a Weeping Water who assisted in his girlfriend's suicide.

Last June, Matthew Stubbendieck was sentenced to 25 days in jail and four years probation with a long list of conditions in connection with the death of Alicia Wilemon-Sullivan. Her body was found in a wooded area near Weeping Water in early August of 2017.

A Cass County jury found Stubbendieck guilty of assisted suicide. Stubbendieck told deputies that Alicia suffered from Stage 4 cancer and had said she, "couldn't live another minute."

Autopsy results and medical records ultimately showed no signs of cancer. In his appeal, Stubbendieck argued there was insufficient evidence to support a conviction. He also argued the court was in error to admit certain evidence including text messages that were irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial.

The Supreme Court rejected his arguments allowing the conviction and sentence to stand.


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