Man found guilty of killing his stepmother in Broken Bow

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BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — A 45-year-old central Nebraska man has been convicted of killing his stepmother last year. A jury on Friday found Trent Esch guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 62-year-old Crystal Esch north of Broken Bow. He was also convicted of use of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Crystal Esch was found shot to death in her home last July. She had a protection order against her stepson for threatening behavior and messages.

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