Second Man Sentenced to Prison in Beating Deaths

By: 10/11 News Email
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LINCOLN, Neb.-- A Lancaster County District Judge sentenced Tyler Thornburg to 60 to 70 years in prison for the deaths of Dave Mueller and Shane Walton and another 20 months to 5 years for a weapons charge.

Thornburg was sentenced to 20 years of manslaughter, 40-50 years for use of a deadly weapon in the killings and 20 months to 5 years for a separate weapons violation. He won't be eligible for parole for 30 years.

In court, Thornburg yelled towards the victims' families and cursed at them before leaving the courtroom.

Days earlier a Lancaster County District Judge sentenced Richard McLaughlin III to 64 to 75 years in prison for the deaths of Dave Mueller and Shane Walton.

McLaughlin was sentenced to 20 to 30 years for the manslaughter, as well as 40 to 50 years for use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and 4 to 5 years for an unrelated sex assault.

In July, both McLaughlin and Tyler Thornburg were found guilty of manslaughter and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

Dave Mueller and Shane Walton were beaten to death hours apart on June 29, 2013.

Mueller was attacked near 14th and Benton and Walton near 38th and L Streets.

Court records say both were random attacks.

Both families appeared at the sentencings.

Shane Walton's family and childhood friends did talk to 10/11 about what they were feeling after the Mclaughlin sentencing.

Shaun Walton was Shane Walton's uncle and he felt that although the legal system took time, it had worked for his family.

"I'll leave justice up to god. Did the legal system do its job? Yes."

Before he was given his sentencing, McClaughlin stood up and apologized to both families, saying he regrets the crimes. That moment was not one that the Walton family believed to be authentic.

"It was a slap in the face...he was trying to save himself. I can't forgive him right now," said Stephanie Walton, his aunt.

While the Walton family says they don't know if they will ever find true closure, they do know that this sentencing sends a message to others in Lincoln.

"To these gangs out there...you do the crime and you'll get the maximum....that's what we wanted and that is what we got," said Shaun Walton.


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