Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of Omaha realtor

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(Omaha, NE) -- The man convicted of the 2020 murder of an Omaha realtor will spend the rest of his life in prison.

On Wednesday, 44 year old Ross Lorello III was given a life sentence for the December 2020 shooting death of 70 year old Michael “Mickey” Sodoro. Back in February, after about two hours of deliberation, a jury found Lorello guilty of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. The jury began deliberating at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, and returned the verdict at 1:40 p.m. that day.

Sodoro, an NP Dodge real-estate agent, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at a rental property near 193rd Avenue and W Streets on December 28th, 2020. Prosecutors say Sodoro was at the house to collect the deposit and first month’s rent. Investigators say when no one could get a hold of him, his son contacted law enforcement. The next day, deputies found Sodoro's body in the garage “inside a crawl space, covered by loose carpeting remnants.”

Prosecutors say Lorello shot Sodoro after a dispute over money.

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