The Nebraska legislature passed harsh laws dealing with the punishment of first-degree murder in 1977. The crime is divided into several categories, and the punishments vary in severity according to the exact circumstances of the murder. A conviction for murder in the first degree in Nebraska will carry the penalties of either Class I or Class IA felonies. The penalty for a Class I felony penalty is execution. The convicted individual will be imprisoned in a penitentiary until such time as the state of Nebraska puts them to death by lethal injection. The penalty for a Class IA felony is
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