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A northeast Nebraska father and son were sentenced Thursday to 40 to 60 years in prison for killing a Rosalie man whose body was found in his burned-out house.

Derek Olson, 29, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and second-degree arson in the March 10, 2017, death of 64-year-old Ernest Warnock.

And his father, Jody Olson, 50, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Cuming County District Judge Mark Johnson gave Derek Olson two to four years more on the arson charge.

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He agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors after an earlier trial ended in a mistrial when an investigator mentioned a lie detector test taken by a witness.

 

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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