Petersen Pleads No Contest In Hall County

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Updated: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:27:04 CST

A plea deal and second conviction today in Hall County for already convicted murderer Michael Petersen. The Glenvil man entered a plea of No Contest today for first degree murder in the shooting death of Grand Island attorney Todd Elsbernd.
As part of the plea deal, the state will no longer seek the death penalty in the case. The state also dismissed a charge of use of a weapon. Sentencing will be set at a later time by District Judge John Icenogle.

In May, Judge Icenogle sentenced Petersen to life in prison without parole in Buffalo County for the shooting death of his ex-wife Nancy Petersen. Michael Petersen had pleaded no contest to first degree murder in that case.

Factual basis for the plea deal says after Michael Petersen shot Nancy Petersen in Buffalo County, he returned to his home in Glenvil and switched cars. Petersen then left his home and went to Grand Island where he shot Todd Elsbernd outside of his downtown law office.

Hall County Attorney Mark Young say after being arrested, Petersen admitted to law enforcement officers that he fired the fatal shot.