Nebraskan who killed unintended victim gets 40-50 years in prison

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

OMAHA, Neb. (AP)  An Omaha man who police say killed an unintended victim has been given 40 to 50 years in prison.
Officials say that 23-year-old Kevin Mejia  was sentenced Tuesday in Douglas County District Court. He’d pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a weapons charge after prosecutors lowered the original homicide charge from second-degree murder.        

Prosecutors say Mejia and an accomplice, James Vega, went to an Omaha house in October 2014 because they were angry with someone over a drug deal. Mejia fired twice at the house, and police say the man who was struck by one of the bullets, 23-year-old Jose Fabila , wasn’t the man Vega and Mejia were upset with.

Vega also was sentenced Tuesday. He was given three to four years as an accomplice.