A 34-year-old Ewing man has been sentenced to prison for life, twice, for the murders of newlyweds in northeastern Nebraska.
The Attorney General’s office reports Matthew Hinrichsen has received two life sentences in the deaths of Alex and Victoria Lee Vargas of Antelope County.
“This man shot and killed Alex and beat Victoria to death before setting their home on fire,” said Attorney General Jon Bruning in a statement released by his office. “Today’s sentence ensures he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.”
The bodies of Alex and Victoria Lee Vargas were found in a burned mobile home in rural Antelope County in early December of 2012. Autopsies disclosed Alex was killed by three gun shots to the midsection. Victoria died from traumatic blunt force trauma to the head.
Hinrichsen had been Victoria’s boyfriend. Officers arrested him the day of the discovery at his parent’s house.
An Antelope County District Court jury convicted Hinrichsen of two counts of first degree murder, one count of possessing a firearm while committing a felony, and one count of using a firearm to commit a felony.
Hinrichsen was also sentenced on the two lesser counts with all sentences running consecutively.