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Nebraska man sentenced to death for 2017 murder involving sex ring

Aubrey Trail was convicted of murdering Sydney Loofe in 2017 after saying she freaked out over learning about his attempts to recruit her for a sex ring. File Photo courtesy of the Nebraska Department of Corrections
Aubrey Trail was convicted of murdering Sydney Loofe in 2017 after saying she "freaked out" over learning about his attempts to recruit her for a sex ring. File Photo courtesy of the Nebraska Department of Corrections

June 9 (UPI) -- A three-judge panel in Nebraska handed down a death sentence for a man convicted of murdering and dismembering a 24-year-old woman in 2017.

With the sentencing, Aubrey Trail, 54, becomes the 12th person on death row in Nebraska, which has carried out a single execution in the past 24 years.

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The panel was expected to hand down a sentence later for Trail's co-defendant, Bailey Boswell, 27.

Prosecutors said Trail and Boswell lured Sydney Loofe to their basement apartment in Wilber, Neb., on Nov. 15, 2017, and killed her and mutilated her body. Trail said he alone was responsible for Loofe's murder, telling the court that Boswell only helped him dispose of the body.

Trail said he killed Loofe after he and Boswell tried to recruit her into their sex ring and she "freaked out." He addressed the court Wednesday during the sentencing.

"I realize nothing I can say here will change in the least what I did to Sydney three an a half years ago," he said in a prepared statement directed toward Loofe's family.

"I won't say I'm sorry, as that would be an insult to you after what I put you through, and I won't ask for forgiveness as I don't believe there is such a thing."

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The Lincoln Journal Star reported that Trail's case will automatically be appealed like all cases involving the death penalty.

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