Lincoln man pulls out of manslaughter case linked to neighbor’s death
LINCOLN, Nebraska (COLOGNE). The Lincoln man pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in a case involving the death of his neighbor.
In 2021, Timothy McPeak was initially arrested and was to be charged with second-degree murder after his then-neighbor Luis Nogurea, 76, was found dead in the hallway of their shared apartment complex near 10th and E Streets.
Those charges have since been dropped from the manslaughter charge.
On Friday, McPeak pleaded no contest on one charge of manslaughter, which carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years. The charge of assault in the first degree was dropped.
An autopsy revealed that Noguera’s cause of death was a broken neck.
A sworn statement of probable cause says witnesses saw Noguera pounding on McPeak’s door, knife in hand, and screaming.
Moments later, the verbal altercation on the stairs to the second floor escalated into a physical one, court records say.
McPeak told officers at the time of his arrest that Noguera had a knife and grabbed his ankle and right arm in an attempt to disarm him.
Court records state that McPeak told Noger’s officers and then fell down the stairs, where he remained until police arrived.
McPeak is due to be sentenced at the end of April.
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