Suspect in 2012 killing pleads no contest - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Suspect in 2012 killing pleads no contest

Posted: Updated:

Posted By: Camila Orti
corti@klkntv.com

A suspect in the 2012 shooting death of a Lincoln man pleads no contest and now faces sentencing for aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder.

The agreement was reached Friday afternoon at the Lancaster County Courthouse. 21-year-old Adrian Casares is convicted of aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Tyler Schoenrock.

His no contest plea means he waives his right to a trial, but gets all of his former charges dropped. These include terroristic threats, accessory to a felony, possession of a firearm by a felon and use of a firearm to commit a felony.

"I just can't understand all of it, any of it," Casares' mother, Benita Casares said.

Benita agrees it was an emotional afternoon for her family. Her son now faces 20 years to life in prison.

"I'm still like real shocked, my son's a good son," Benita said.

Schoenrock's body was found in December 2012 on a country road north of Lincoln. He'd been shot three times. The other suspect in this case, 24–year–old Miguel Castillo is charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. His jury trial is set to start in June.

Casares' mother still doesn't think her son had any part in Schoenrock's death.

"He didn't do that because I know his heart ain't like that, he might've been around people or whatever happened that night, I'm not sure because I wasn't there, but I know Adrian too well," Benita said.

Casares' sentencing is set for April 9th.

  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Officials identify 9-year-old accidentally killed in Ashland

    UPDATE: Officials identify 9-year-old accidentally killed in Ashland

    UPDATE: Officials identify 9-year-old accidentally killed in Ashland

    Officials says 9-year-old Grant Johnson died of his injuries after being accidentally run over by a Bobcat construction machine Saturday.More >>
    Officials says 9-year-old Grant Johnson died of his injuries after being accidentally run over by a Bobcat construction machine Saturday. More >>
  • Free Easter meal draws hundreds

    Free Easter meal draws hundreds

    Free Easter meal draws hundreds

    The 31st annual daVinci's Easter meal drew hundreds of people from across the community.More >>
    The 31st annual daVinci's Easter meal drew hundreds of people from across the community.More >>
  • Car crash sends four to hospital

    Car crash sends four to hospital

    Car crash sends four to hospital

    Multiple rescue crews were called to a two-vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital.More >>
    Multiple rescue crews were called to a two-vehicle accident that sent four people to the hospital.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.