A 25-year-old Nebraska man has been sentenced to between 50-and-60 years in prison on a variety of charges, including manslaughter in connection with the freezing death of a 22-year-old.
The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office reports John Leahy has been sentenced in Hitchcock County Court to 8-10 years for intent to sell methamphetamine; 24-30 years for kidnapping; and 18-20 years for manslaughter, resulting in a total sentence of 50-60 years.
Hitchcock County Sheriff’s deputies found the body of Austin Wright on April 11th in a small, oil well injection shed. Wright had died of hypothermia.
Wright’s mother reported him missing on March 9th of 2014.
Wright had been staying at Leahy’s residence. Leahy said Wright owed him money. He confessed to punching Wright, then taking him to a remote area in rural Hitchcock County. Leahy wrapped a sweatshirt around Wright’s head so he couldn’t figure out where he was. Leahy left Wright in the area and drove off.