Bank Slayings - Vela

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Convicted killer Erick Vela tells the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star in a prison slayings. Vela also says he is ready to accept death in the electric chair if he is sentenced to that fate.

Vela pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree murder in the September 26, 2002 killings, and he was the only one to plead guilty.

Vela says he was high on methamphetamine when he shot and killed bank employee Lisa Bryant. Vela says murder was not part of the plan in the botched robbery, but he, "just freaked out."

Vela faces a hearing on June 15 when three judges will decide whether he should die in the electric chair or spend life in prison. Vela tells the newspaper that he is ready to accept either sentence.

The newspaper spoke to Vela in the Lincoln Correctional Center in Lincoln.

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