Daughter of man fatally beaten: "seeing man behind bars is relieving"

Jonathan Olson and his daughter, Skylar Anderson.
Jonathan Olson and his daughter, Skylar Anderson.(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 3:43 PM CST
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Lincoln Police arrested a 49-year-old man accused of fatally beating 44-year-old Jonathan Olson in October.

Mark Hietbrink appeared in court for the first time Monday afternoon, charged with first-degree-assault and manslaughter.

Police said Hietbrink and Olson had been dating the same woman, and that Olson had gone to the woman's home to pick up some belongings when Hietbrink beat him up.

According to court documents Olson suffered internal head injuries and required several surgeries. Olson died six days after the assault.

Police said several witnesses reported seeing the assault happen. They said Olson didn't hit back. Court documents also allege Hietbrink admitted to the beating up his girlfriend.

Hietbrink was arrested in a traffic stop Sunday night.

Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said it took four months to make the arrest because the department just got the autopsy report on January 30th.

Bleimiester said Olson's already existing medical problems made it hard to determine the cause of death, which was eventually named blunt force trauma.

Olson's daughter, Skylar Anderson, told 10/11 NOW that seeing Hietbrink behind bars is relieving, but it doesn't make the situation better.

"I do accept the man behind bars is someone's child and he deserves to be loved, however, he took my father away from this earth," Anderson said. "Leaving me with no chance of having him at my wedding or to meet my future children."

Anderson said her father was carefree and funny and despite disagreements, she always enjoyed the time she did get to spend with him.

Anderson said his soul will live on forever.

Hietbrink would need to post $100,000 to bail out of jail. He will appear in court again in March.

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