Woman sentenced for role in 2017 Bancroft murder

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WEST POINT, Nebraska (KTIV) – A person charged as an accessory in the 2017 murder of a Bancroft, Nebraska, will spend the next two years in prison.

Jenna Merill was sentenced Thursday in Cuming County District Court, after reaching a plea agreement with the state late last year.

Court documents indicate Merrill was in a car, with Jody and Derek Olson, when it was stopped in Dakota County, Nebraska after the murder of 64-year-old Ernest Warnock took place back in March of 2017.

Warnock’s body was found inside his burned-out home in March of 2017.

Authorities say Warnock had been stabbed to death before his house was set on fire.

Jody Olson pled guilty to Second-Degree Murder in December as part of plea agreement. As part of the plea agreement, charges of First-Degree Arson, Use of a Deadly Weapon, and Being an Accessory to a Felony were dropped.

His sentencing is set for April 4.

Derek Olson has pled not guilty to multiple charges, including Second-Degree Murder. His trial is set for March 11.

A fourth person in the case, Becky Weitzenkamp, was sentenced to 18-20 years in October after her conviction on Accessory to a Felony.

Jody Olson plead guilty to second-degree murder in December as part of plea agreement.
His sentencing is set for April 4.

His son Derek Olson has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including second-degree murder.
Derek Olson’s trial is set for March 11.

A fourth person in the case, Becky Weitzenkamp, was sentenced to 18-20 years in October after her conviction on accessory to a felony.

Blake Branch

Blake Branch

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