And the jury finds Trenton Esch “Guilty” on all charges

Decision in less than three hours
Trenton Esch hears the jury's decision
Trenton Esch hears the jury's decision(Melanie Standiford)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 3:10 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - A jury of his peers deciding how his fate will match his actions.

A courtroom full of mostly family and friends of the late Crystal Esch sat in silence as the verdict for Trenton Esch of Broken Bow was read.

“Guilty. Guilty. Guilty,” on all three counts presented in Custer County District Court during a four-day trial in Broken Bow.

Trenton Esch looked ahead as the verdict was read. He and his attorney had hoped for a lesser felony murder charge. Esch insisted during testimony Thursday afternoon that he did not plan to kill his stepmother when he drove to her house on July 11, 2020, almost a year ago. A jury disagreed and Esch is found Guilty on all three counts: Murder in the First Degree, Use of a weapon to commit a felony, and Possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.

Family and friends celebrate after verdict of guilty for Trent Esch with hugging.
Family and friends celebrate after verdict of guilty for Trent Esch with hugging.(Melanie Standiford)

There was an audible sigh of relief in the crowd as the verdict was read, and a gathering of people laughing, smiling, and hugging outside the courtroom after District Judge Karen NoakoMMes concluded the trial. re than one person said, “I’m just so glad it’s over.”

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