Petersen Sentenced To Life in Prison

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Updated: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:05:19 CST

Michael Petersen has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Grand Island attorney Todd Elsbernd.

Petersen originally pleaded not guilty to the charge of first degree murder in the shooting death of his former attorney, but he entered a plea of no contest in July. As part of that plea deal the state no longer sought the death penalty in the case.

Petersen was sentenced to life in prison without parole in Buffalo County in May, for the murder of his ex-wife and mother of his son, Nancy Petersen.

Investigators say he shot his ex-wife in Buffalo County in November of 2013 before returning home to Glenvil, switching cars, and heading to Grand Island.

There he shot and killed his former attorney, Todd Elsbernd outside of his downtown law office.

Petersen's two life sentences will be served consecutively.


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The story that shook the Tri-Cities to their core will come to an end later today. Convicted killer Michael Petersen will learn his fate for the murder of Grand Island Attorney Todd Elsbernd.
 
Petersen will be sentenced in Hall County District Court at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

On July 14th, Petersen entered a plea of no contest for the shooting death of Elsbernd. In exchange for the plea, the state is no longer seeking the death penalty. Petersen is still facing life in prison.

In May, Michael Petersen was sentenced to life in prison for the death of his ex-wife Nancy Petersen in Buffalo County.

The Glenvil man is convicted of shooting his ex-wife Nancy, then his former lawyer Todd Elsbernd in November of last year.