Aug 15, 2019 4:31 PM

Nebraska teen takes plea deal in Council Bluffs slaying

Posted Aug 15, 2019 4:31 PM

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has pleaded guilty in the slaying of a 38-year-old Council Bluffs man.


Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, entered a written plea Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder. Prosecutors lowered the charge in exchange for his plea. He and three men were charged with killing Adam Angeroth in January.


Smith-Catchings' filing says he's agreed to be sentenced to 50 years and must serve a minimum of 10 years. The filing says the judge isn't bound by the agreement, so if the judge gives Smith-Catchings the maximum, Smith-Catchings may withdraw his plea.


The judge had ruled that Smith-Catchings' case remain in in district court because it was unlikely he'd be rehabilitated in the juvenile system.


The Daily Nonpareil reports that Nicholas Haner, of Harlan; Ryan McDonald, of Glenwood; and Liam Stec, of Omaha, Nebraska, were sentenced earlier this week to 50 years. They all pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after prosecutors lowered the charge.

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Aug 15, 2019 4:31 PM
School principal arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

CENTRAL CITY, Neb. (AP) - A south-central Nebraska school principal has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.


Authorities say Lee Wolfe's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit after he was stopped around 7 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 30 in Central City. An officer pulled him over because of expired license plates.


Central City Police Chief Mark Hogue says Wolfe's son was with him. Wolfe was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence with a passenger under 16 and for having expired plates.


Wolfe is principal at Shoemaker Elementary in Grand Island. He says in a statement that he feels "terrible about how this reflects upon Shoemaker, Grand Island Public Schools, myself and my family."


Wolfe and a district representative didn't immediately return messages Thursday from The Associated Press.