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Aubrey Trail sentenced to death for murder, dismemberment of Lincoln store clerk


Sentencing was handed down Wednesday for a man convicted of killing a woman whose dismembered remains were later found in trash bags along rural Nebraska roads.Convicted killer Aubrey Trail entered Saline County district courtroom facing life in prison or the death penalty. A three-judge panel sentenced Trail to death. Trail, 54, and Bailey Boswell, 26, were convicted of the 2017 murder of Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe, 24.On Wednesday, Trail said he wanted to set the record straight and addressed the court. He stated that he murdered Sydney Loofe but he doesn’t admit to premeditated murder. Trail said Boswell lured Loofe to his apartment because he was trying to recruit Loofe into his cult and she “freaked out.” He said he had no doubt she would tell authorities about “their lifestyle,” so he killed her. He said no one else participated in the murder.“I have done some terrible things in my life,” Trail said. He said he regrets killing Loofe but that he does not ask for mercy. Trail said he “could care less” what happens to him.Before announcing the sentence, District Court Judge Vicki Johnson said Trail used exceptional depravity in selecting and coldly planning the murder of Loofe. Exceptional depravity is one of the circumstances required for the death penalty. Johnson asserted that Loofe’s death was planned in advance. She said Trail enjoyed bragging about the murder and joking that he drank Loofe’s blood.The judge said Loofe was “needlessly” dismembered to satisfy Trail’s desires and so he did not have to hide the body. Unnecessary mutilation is one factor considered when establishing exceptional depravity.Johnson said Trail is not low-functioning and was not intoxicated when the murder occurred. She said his attempt to dispose of Loofe’s remains proves he understands the wrongfulness of murder. The judge stated that Trail’s poor upbringing does not constitute a mitigating factor. Investigators say Boswell arranged a date with Loofe through the dating app Tinder for Nov. 15, 2017 — the same day officials say Loofe was killed. Loofe was reported missing by her family, and a massive search was launched. Her remains weren’t found until Dec. 4, when her dismembered body was found stuffed into garbage bags that had been dumped in a field near Edgar, about 90 miles southwest of Lincoln.Trail previously told several news outlets that Loofe’s death was accidental. In the unsealed arrest affidavit, though, investigators said Trail and Boswell were captured on video at a Home Depot in Lincoln on Nov. 15 buying tools used to dismember Loofe, hours before Loofe’s death and while she was still at work.Boswell could become the first woman sent to death row in Nebraska when she’s sentenced at a later date. Trail made national headlines during a 2019 court appearance when he attempted to take his own life. Shortly after a witness was sworn in, Trail reportedly shouted “Bailey is innocent and I curse you all!”Trail then attempted to cut his own throat.

Sentencing was handed down Wednesday for a man convicted of killing a woman whose dismembered remains were later found in trash bags along rural Nebraska roads.

Convicted killer Aubrey Trail entered Saline County district courtroom facing life in prison or the death penalty.

A three-judge panel sentenced Trail to death.

Trail, 54, and Bailey Boswell, 26, were convicted of the 2017 murder of Lincoln store clerk Sydney Loofe, 24.

On Wednesday, Trail said he wanted to set the record straight and addressed the court.

He stated that he murdered Sydney Loofe but he doesn’t admit to premeditated murder. Trail said Boswell lured Loofe to his apartment because he was trying to recruit Loofe into his cult and she “freaked out.” He said he had no doubt she would tell authorities about “their lifestyle,” so he killed her. He said no one else participated in the murder.

“I have done some terrible things in my life,” Trail said….



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