WILBER, Neb. (AP) — Aubrey Trail, the man who admitted to killing a Neligh, Nebraska native, has been sentenced to death.
Trail was convicted in 2019 of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 2017 killing of Sydney Loofe.
Prosecutors say a few weeks before she disappeared, Loofe was lured on a Tinder date by a co-conspirator, Bailey Boswell. Trail then strangled Loofe with an extension cord, before dumping her body.
Trail previously said the killing happened during a sex act gone wrong. In a statement, Trail now says it was to hide his involvement in other criminal activities.
"I had no doubt that she would tell people if I let her go. At the time Bailey and I both had warrants, and were living the good life from our criminal activities. And I was willing to do anything to protect that," said Trail.
Loofe's remains were found in December 2017 in a farm field southwest of Lincoln, Nebraska. She was reported missing one month earlier after failing to show up to her job at Menards in Lincoln.
Investigators say Trail and Boswell dismembered Loofe's body into 14 pieces and dumped it in a field near Edgar, about 90 miles southwest of Lincoln.
In March 2021, prosecutors argued Trail deserved the death penalty because of the "extreme depravity" of the crime.
In October 2020, a jury convicted the woman accused of killing Loofe. The jury found Bailey Boswell guilty of first-degree murder, improper disposal of human remains, and conspiracy to commit murder.
In December 2020, a three-judge panel was appointed to sentence Boswell. At the June 28, 2021, sentencing hearing, the panel can consider the death penalty as punishment.
Right now, there are 11 other people on death row in Nebraska. Three of those inmates have Siouxland ties.
Jose Sandoval, Erick Vela and Jorge Galindo were convicted for their involvement in the shooting of five people in the botched robbery of the U.S. Bank branch in Norfolk, Nebraska in 2002.
The last person to be sentenced to death in Nebraska was Carey Dean Moore. He was executed by lethal injection on Aug. 14, 2018.