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 life imprisonment.
Murder is considered to be in the first degree in cases where the prosecution can demonstrate that the murder was committed with premeditation or as a part of certain felonies such as burglary, robbery, arson, kidnapping, hijacking or any felonious sexual assault. Murders committed with poison are always seen to be of the first degree. It is also first-degree murder to commit perjury in order to send another person to execution through false testimony.
Murder in the first degree is one of the most serious state or federal crimes that anyone could be accused of. Any charges of murder should be taken very seriously, and an individual may consult with an attorney about representing them in any necessary court appearances. The attorney might be able to appear with their client at the trial and assist in the questioning of witnesses and the presentation of evidence. They might also be able to recommend experts who could provide relevant testimony.
Source: Nebraska Legislature , “Nebraska Revised Statute 28-303“, November 20, 2014
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