A Platte County jury has convicted 31-year-old Eric Henry of Columbus in the stabbing death of 51-year-old Steven Jorgensen last year when a burglary turned violent, then deadly.
The Attorney General’s office reports the jury in Platte County District Court found Henry guilty of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.
Henry will be sentenced May 20th. He faces a mandatory life sentence for the murder charge.
“Steven Jorgensen was stabbed to death while trying to defend himself against a robbery,” said Attorney General Jon Bruning in a statement released by his office. “Today’s conviction ensures all of those responsible for his death will be held accountable.”
Two others were charged in the murder, but both avoided trial by pleading guilty to lesser charges.
Kim Henderson of Columbus pleaded guilty to second degree murder in March and faces a possible life sentence, according to the Attorney General’s office. Late last year, Quentin Crister of Lincoln pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Columbus police report the three agreed to go to Jorgenson’s house and rob him. Jorgenson resisted. The three stabbed him to death.