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(Neb)-Life Plus 20-To-40 Years In Scottsbluff Murder

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/04/2018 03:46 PM
GERING - A Scottsbluff man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20-to-40 years for the brutal stabbing death of his girlfriend early on the morning of New Year's Eve 2016. 

     65-year-old Lucio Munoz was convicted of 1st-degree murder and felony use of a weapon in a November trial that lasted 4 days. Since prosecutors didn't seek the death penalty, a life sentence was mandatory while the weapons count brought the consecutive 20-to-40 year term.

      KNEB radio reports that at sentencing Thursday morning, Scotts Bluff County Attorney Dave Eubanks told District Judge Leo Dobrovolny he didn't think Munoz has a conscience and that he hopes the vision of May haunts him "every day until he goes into the ground."

       Eubanks called Munoz  a "pathetic character" who led a "pathetic life" of 5 decades of crime across the country, characterizing him as having an "oh well" attitude and showing no remorse whatsoever for his actions in taking May's life.

      Defense Attorney Bernie Straetker countered by pointing out that while Munoz has an extensive record, his only conviction for a serious crime was 35-year ago. On the weapons charge, Straetker asked for a sentence of 2-to-3 years.

     In handing down the sentences, Judge Dobrovolny agreed Munoz had a fairly extensive criminal history and said there was no excuse or justification for the killing...in which May was stabbed 35 times and had her throat slit...or for Munoz's attitude of denial.

        In the November trial, Scottsbluff police testified they'd gone to Munoz's apartment twice on the night leading into New Year's Eve day and that during the second visit he told them May had gone back to her own apartment in the same complex. He then left with police for the emergency room, locking the apartment. Munoz then fled the area without taking clothes or medication.

     May's body was found on Munoz's bed 4 days later by the landlord, who'd been asked to check on the couple by friends who were concerned they hadn't seen them for several days. Munoz was arrested without incident the following day at his brother's home in a Chicago suburb.


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