Tennessean gets 20-30 years for attempted murder in Nebraska

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) – A 25-year-old Tennessee man has been given 20 to 30 years in a Nebraska prison for trying to kill a friend.

The Kearney Hub reports (http://bit.ly/1EU8PAH ) that Evan Swenson, of Nashville, Tennessee, was sentenced on Monday in Buffalo County District Court in Kearney. He’d pleaded no contest and was convicted of attempted murder. Prosecutors dropped a weapons charge in exchange for Swenson’s plea.

Prosecutors say Swenson shot 31-year-old Gerard Vinett twice on Nov. 19. Swenson, Vinett and Swenson’s girlfriend at the time, Ashley Dominguez, were in Kearney that day because their vehicle had broken down on their way to California. Prosecutors say Swenson became angry with Vinett because, among other things, he thought Vinett had stolen money from him and thought Vinett had hit on Dominguez.

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