Sentencing has been delayed for a Beatrice man convicted of murder. A defense motion for a 90-day evaluation of 44-year-old Richard Griswold has been granted in Gage County District Court.
A jury found Griswold guilty of second-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony on May 22nd. He was convicted in last November’s shooting death of Connie Eacret, whom he had been dating. The sentencing date of July 2nd has been postponed, pending completion of the evaluation.
The evaluation will be conducted to aid in determining the appropriate sentence, considering Griswold’s current medical and mental conditions. The evaluation will also assess the history of both conditions and how much they may have influenced Griswold prior to his convictions.
During trial, defense attorney James Mowbray said Griswold suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease or A-L-S.