Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Murder Case
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Omaha, NE -- "I hope he gets the electric chair and I want to be there," said Joe Sollowin. "Actually, I wish he had more than that. I hope he gets a beating way before then." That interview, just two weeks ago when Joe Sollowin first heard prosecutors charged 19-year old Sergio Martinez-Perez for killing his mother.
Today, his feelings haven't changed about Perez facing death. In a statement to KMTV Action 3 News, Sollowin said "God and the DA will handle the crime and punishment." If a jury finds Perez guilty of first degree murder, and a panel sends him to death row he'll be with eleven others waiting to be executed for committing some of the most heinous crimes in Nebraska. Right now three men from Douglas County await lethal injection.
According to the Department of Corrections, since 1901, 22 people have been executed in Nebraska. For a family dealing with loss, it's hard to wait for justice, and impossible to forget the pain. "It breaks my heart," said Sollowin. "I hate to think that was the last thing that went through my mother's mind." Prosecutors said there were two factors about this crime that made them seek the death penalty. The cruel nature of the crime and that she was killed to hide his identity.