Michael Petersen Gets Additional Life Sentence for Killing Attorney

By: Kim Cung - Email
By: Kim Cung - Email

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A Nebraska man who's already serving a life sentence for shooting his ex-wife to death was handed down an additional life sentence for killing Grand Island Lawyer Todd Elsbernd. Fifty-eight-year-old Michael Petersen will serve those sentences consecutively.

Petersen had pleaded no contest to killing the attorney who represented him in his divorce. In return for Petersen's plea deal in the Nov. 13 shooting death of Elsbernd, prosecutors dropped a weapons charge and agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Petersen was sentenced in May for killing 58-year-old Nancy Petersen outside her home in rural Buffalo County.

Defense attorney Jeff Pickens has said Petersen was bitter about the financial terms of his 2005 divorce, and he had lost much of his remaining savings to two scams.

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