Esch found guilty of first-degree murder in shooting death of stepmother

BROKEN BOW, Neb. -- A central Nebraska man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his stepmother.

The verdict came Friday afternoon in Custer County Court.

45-year-old Trenton Esch was accused of killing 62-year-old Crystal Esch in a home near Broken Bow in 2020.

Esch told the court he had no intention of killing his stepmother. He did admit to the jury that he had been drinking and had brought a gun with him to her home, eventually shooting her during an argument.

Surveillance video showed he was only in the house for 20 seconds.

He faces life in prison when sentenced.

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