Murderer Aubrey Trail sentenced to death for killing of Sydney Loofe
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A three-judge panel announced the sentencing for convicted murderer Aubrey Trail on Wednesday, giving him the death penalty for the 2017 killing of Sydney Loofe.
Trail, as well as his co-defendant Bailey Boswell, were found guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of the 24-year-old.
The panel heard arguments in March, as the prosecution attempted to prove there were aggravating circumstances involved in the murder.
There are nine different definitions of aggravating circumstances but the three-judge panel only had to determine if Loofe’s murder contained one.
The next step in the process is unclear, as the State of Nebraska has only carried out one execution in the last 24 years. Carey Dean Moore was executed in 2018 after a lengthy and controversial process to acquire the drugs needed to carry out the execution.
Trail spoke at the trial on Wednesday, admitting to killing Loofe and saying he carried out the murder after a failed attempt to recruit her into his cult.
Previously he said Loofe was killed after a sex act went wrong.
He took sole responsibility for the crime, saying Boswell was not involved.
Boswell is set for her three-judge panel hearing later this summer.
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