LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – The last person to be convicted in the 2022 murder of a Lincoln man learned his fate on Thursday.
Derrick Pearson, 34, was sentenced to 14 to 18 years in prison for one count of manslaughter. He was initially charged with an additional charge of second-degree assault, but prosecutors dropped it in exchange for a guilty plea.
Officers were called to a home near 28th and F streets on May 19, 2022 for a report of a fight. They found a man outside who had been beaten, later identified as 57-year-old Henry Jones. Despite life-saving efforts, Jones later died at the hospital.
Police identified three suspects in the attack, Briana Jelinek, Micah Berggren and Derrick Pearson, who were later released for questioning.
Two of them told officers they visited Jones’ home to find Jelinek’s property. Jones answered the door and was drawn into the fight.
Pearson told police he punched Jones in the head and face before confronting him in the street and beating him with a large wooden stick, according to the arrest affidavit.
Jelinek also admitted to hitting Jones in the head with a stick, police wrote. After the beating, Pearson told Jones’ wife to call for medical help.
Jelinek was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for manslaughter. Berggren was sentenced to four years for attempted assault and terroristic threats.
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