WILBER: A person was sentenced to dying Wednesday for killing and dismembering a Nebraska ironmongery store clerk who refused to decide to his way of life of group intercourse and fraud.
Aubrey Path was convicted in 2019 of first-degree homicide and legal conspiracy to commit homicide. within the 2017 homicide of Sydney Loofe. A 3-judge panel imposed the sentence on the county courthouse in Wilber, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Lincoln.
Prosecutors argued at trial that Path and his girlfriend on the time, Bailey Boswell, deliberate to kill somebody earlier than Boswell met the 24-year-old Loofe, a cashier at a Menards retailer in Lincoln, on the relationship app Tinder and lured her to them.
Loofe’s physique elements had been present in rubbish baggage, reduce into 14 items and left in ditches alongside nation roads in rural Clay County.
In his assertion to the court docket, Path, 54, recanted his earlier declare that Loofe died of erotic asphyxiation throughout tough intercourse and admitted that he strangled her with an electrical twine, as prosecutors had alleged. He mentioned he tied up Loofe and killed her as a result of she “freaked out” when he instructed her about his way of life, which included defrauding vintage sellers and group intercourse with Boswell and different ladies.
“I had little doubt she would inform individuals if I let her go,” mentioned Path, who was handcuffed, clad in orange jail garb and sat in a wheelchair all through the sentencing.
Path did not apologize to Loofe’s household within the courtroom, saying it “can be an insult to you for what I’ve put you thru.” However he mentioned the homicide was the one factor he had finished in his life that he regretted.
Path admitted that he repeatedly lied to authorities and plotted to kill Loofe two to 3 hours earlier than he carried out the homicide. However he asserted that Boswell wasn’t within the room and did not know he was going to do it. He mentioned he “might care much less” in regards to the sentence he receives.
“I’m not in search of mercy, forgiveness, or anything,” he mentioned.
Saline County District Courtroom Choose Vicky Johnson mentioned the homicide met the authorized normal of “distinctive depravity” essential to impose the last word punishment. She famous that Path _ who modified his story quite a few occasions _ bragged in regards to the homicide and implied to investigators that he and Boswell drank Loofe’s blood. Proof additionally confirmed he purchased a hacksaw, instruments and bleach earlier than the killing.
“Path’s phrases and actions show he had no regard for the lifetime of Sydney Loofe past his personal private pleasures,” Johnson mentioned.
Path joins dying row though Nebraska hardly ever carries out executions, presently lacks the medication it wants to take action and is not prone to get them anytime quickly. Path missed a lot of his personal trial after slashing his neck within the courtroom in 2019 and yelling, “Bailey is harmless, and I curse you all.”
Authorities mentioned Path and Boswell had been captured on video at a House Depot in Lincoln on Nov. 15, 2017, shopping for instruments used to dismember Loofe, hours earlier than Loofe’s dying and whereas she was nonetheless at work.
In court docket paperwork, Assistant Nebraska Lawyer Common Sandra Allen mentioned Path has a historical past of “severe assaultive or terrorizing legal exercise” and that Loofe’s homicide “manifested distinctive depravity by odd requirements of morality and intelligence.”
Boswell was convicted in October of first-degree homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and improper disposal of human stays for her position in Loofe’s dying. Prosecutors are additionally in search of the dying penalty for Boswell, however a three-judge panel will not start listening to proof to find out her destiny till June 30.
If she’s sentenced to dying, Boswell will turn into Nebraska’s first and solely feminine death-row inmate.