(Saline County, NE) -- A death sentence is handed down to convicted murderer Aubrey Trail.
On Wednesday, a three-judge panel sentenced Trail to spend the rest of his life on death row at Nebraska's Tecumseh State Correctional Institution for the November 2017 murder and dismemberment of 24 year old Sydney Loofe.
Several members of Loofe’s family were in the courtroom Wednesday morning to hear Trail read a statement he prepared to address the family and learn his fate. During his statement, Trail admitted to lying to police and the courts in order to fight his death penalty case. He also stated that Bailey Boswell, also found guilty of Loofe's murder, did not kill Loofe and that she only helped move her body. Trail also admitted to using Boswell to lure Loofe to his apartment to get her involved in their criminal lifestyle. He said that Loofe didn’t react well, and that he killed her because he was afraid she would inform people about their activities. Trail had previously said Loofe was killed after a sex act went wrong.
Ahead of the sentencing, Trail said he didn’t care which sentence was carried out. Boswell is set for her three-judge panel death penalty hearing later this summer. If she is also given the death penalty, she would be the first woman in Nebraska to ever be sentenced to death.