Grand Island: Sok homicide suspect pleads not guilty

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The man accused of killing a Grand Island teenager on New Year's day has pleaded not guilty to murder and a weapons charge.

Herbey Portillo,24, appeared in Hall County Court Thursday morning. He is charged with felony first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

Grand Island Police arrested Portillo Tuesday for the death of Trevor Sok in a shooting incident New Year's morning.

If convicted on the murder charge, Portillo could get life in prison.

About the arrest Tuesday, GIPD said, "He was located hiding in a garage on East 10th street in Grand Island. He offered no resistance." Before the arrest, GIPD said that Portillo might be armed with a semi-automatic hand gun.

An autopsy was ordered on Sok's body, but the results of that autopsy are unknown.

GIPD said the shooting happened at 1303 W. Charles St. around 3:45 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Emergency personnel responded and found Sok, 19, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported by ambulance to the CHI Health St. Francis Emergency Room where he died from his injuries.

Sok was a 2017 graduate of Giltner Public Schools.

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