Update: Two Lincoln Men Sentenced in Connection to Murder

By: 10/11 News Email
By: 10/11 News Email

Two men were sentenced in Lancaster County Court Wednesday for their part in a 2012 murder.

Judge Paul Merritt sentenced Adrian Casares to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Earlier, Casares pleaded no contest to aiding and abetting second degree murder. The judge found him guilty.

Members of Casares' family were upset by the sentence. By Casares' taking a plea deal, his family thought he would get a lesser sentence with the chance of parole.

"I mean, I kind of feel like the system failed him and they were just trying to get a conviction on him," Corpio Casares said.

Family members tell 10/11 News that Casares is a 'good kid' with a good heart.

"He'll pick somebody up even if they're feeling down and stuff, and he can make somebody laugh just like that" Corpio Casares said. "That's the things that the people don't see. They're just kind of looking at it like a sheet of paper and reading it off of there, and stereotyping him, which is wrong."

The second man arrested in the murder, Miguel Castillo, will spend at least 30 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. Judge Merritt gave Castillo a 50-70 year sentence.

Castillo pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second degree murder, for which he received a 30-50 year sentenced, and accessory to a felony. That earned him another 20 year sentence. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Castillo was originally charged with first-degree murder in the case as well.

Castillo was arrested, along with Casares after the killing of 25-year-old Tyler Schoenrock. Neither are charged with murder in Schoenrock's death.

Police say a man delivering newspapers found Schoenrock's body in a rural area north of Lincoln in December 2012.

Preliminary autopsy reports confirm that Schoenrock was shot to death.

"It's a better feeling know that it's over with. I'm thankful," Merrell Schoenrock said.

Schoenrock's family says this decision is about more than spending time behind bars.

"As much as people may say that they hope for the maximum sentence and stuff. It's not that," Dalton Schoenrock said. "The only thing I can hope for is that their hearts change, their minds changes. Society doesn't need people killing each other."

Schoenrock's family says they, the Castillos and the Casares', all lost a son in a way, but with one big difference.

"One thing is that they will always be able to see and talk to them, and that's been taken from my family. We'll never be able to see or talk to Tyler agin," Merrell Schoenrock said.


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