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Woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in Dawson County death

January 14, 2019

LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A woman accused of trying to conceal a man’s slaying in Dawson County has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Dawson County District Court records say 36-year-old Melissa Callahan had pleaded not guilty to a felony accessory charge in the October 2016 slaying of Jose Hernandez by Jose Regalado-Mendez. Authorities say she helped move the body and conceal the slaying. Hernandez’s remains were found weeks later near a farmhouse north of Lexington.

The records say Callahan, of Lexington, pleaded guilty Friday to attempted tampering with physical evidence — a misdemeanor. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 4.

Regalado-Mendez was sentenced Jan. 7 to 40 to 45 years in prison.

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