High Court upholds death sentence for Norfolk bank robber
The ringleader of killers who gunned down five people at a Norfolk bank eight years ago will remain on death row.
In an opinion released Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of Jose Sandoval. His legal team argued the trial court made 17 errors in Sandoval's case. The high court agreed one error was made – that a jury was instructed it could consider victims' mental anguish when deciding whether Sandoval should be sentenced to death. But the high court said the error was harmless.
Prosecutors said Sandoval personally killed three people, including a bank customer, while partners fanned out and killed two employees at the bank. The botched heist was one of the deadliest in U.S. history.