Felipe Vazquez found guilty of the murder of LPD Investigator Mario Herrera

Vazquez was found guilty on all seven charges including first-degree murder. 

COLUMBUS, Neb. (KLKN) – Felipe Vazquez was found guilty of the murder of Lincoln Police investigator Mario Herrera.

Vazquez was found guilty on all seven charges:

  • Murder in the first-degree
  • Two counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony
  • Attempted assault on an officer
  • Possession of a firearm by a prohibited person
  • Possessing or receiving a stolen firearm
  • Escape using a deadly weapon

The decision was made Monday night after less than a day of deliberations from the jury.

In a statement Tuesday morning, Lincoln Police Chief Teresa Ewins thanked the jury “for making the right decision and finding him guilty on all counts.”

She said she hoped that the verdict “brings some closure and healing” for the Herrera family.

“Watching the strength of Carrie Herrera, her children and the family was inspiring,” Ewins said. “Our hearts will forever be with you. You will forever be part of the Lincoln Police Department family.”

Vazquez admitted to killing Herrera but testified that he was only trying to scare officers so he could escape.

During the trial, the prosecutors argued that Vazquez’s actions were premeditated.

Vazquez’s sentencing date is set for May 25 at 2 p.m.

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