Man charged in Hastings slaying pleads to lesser charges

November 13, 2019

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — A Hastings man initially charged with murder has pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and being an accessory to a felony.

Adams County District Court records say 21-year-old Deante Mullen entered the pleas Monday after prosecutors dropped the first-degree murder count. He faces up to 20 years in prison on each charge when he’s sentenced Feb. 11.

Prosecutors say Mullen and another man, Daniel Harden, tried to rob Jose Hansen on Sept. 11, 2017, and Hansen was shot in the back. Harden was acquitted of murder and weapons charges but convicted of robbery. Harden’s scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 21

Mullen testified against Harden, as did Katherine Creigh, who’s pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of government operations. She’s set to be sentenced Jan. 8.