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Drug conviction for Nebraska man following girlfriend's slaying

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It is not altogether clear whether the attempted robbery that took place at a residence in Lincoln, Nebraska, in July 2018 was related to drugs. Whatever the impetus, however, it resulted in the shooting death of a 36-year-old female occupant of the home. Last week, the woman's boyfriend pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after video surveillance footage allegedly showed him attempting to hide money and drugs in anticipation of law enforcement's arrival to the scene of the shooting.

The alleged attempted robbery took place in the early hours of a summer morning. Surveillance cameras outside the home reportedly recorded three men entering the home while carrying handguns, kicking in the door to gain entry. Authorities have determined that, in the three minutes that the three men were inside the house according to the surveillance footage, there were 13 shots fired from one or more 9-millimeter handguns within the residence, one of which struck and killed the woman. 

The same video camera footage reportedly shows her boyfriend going back and forth among the house, the garage and a shed on the property carrying a duffel bag and a cooler two minutes after the departure of the alleged intruders. Authorities claim that he tried to hide $85,800 in drug money as well as three pounds of marijuana and edibles. 

During the same timeframe, the woman's 16-year-old daughter attempted to save her mother's life, while the man's 10-year-old daughter summoned law enforcement to the scene by phone. The man also pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor child abuse. 

When sentencing takes place next month, the man faces up to 21 years in prison. Those facing charges for drug crimes in Nebraska may find it helpful to consult an attorney.

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