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Man pleads guilty in Lincoln’s woman’s death during robbery

February 5, 2021 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man pleaded guilty Friday to being involved in a robbery that led to the shooting death of a Lincoln woman.

Dante Williams, 27, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting and two robbery charges for his involvement in a robbery on July 31, 2018, and another attempted robbery the day before, The Lincoln Journal-Star reported.

Prosecutors said Williams, his older brother and another man broke into a Lincoln home in the early morning intending to steal a marijuana stash. Four children and three adults were in the house at the time.

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At Friday’s hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lesley Woods said when the men broke in, they woke the children, tied them up and covered their mouths.

One of the suspects encountered Jessica Brandon in a stairwell and shot her, Woods said. She died later at a Lincoln hospital.

Williams was at the scene but did not have a gun, his attorney said Friday.

The other two suspects — Williams’ older brother, Damon, and Tawhyne Patterson Sr., are charged with murder and the attempted robberies. Their federal trial is scheduled for next week.