Man takes plea deal in Dawson County slaying

LEXINGTON, Neb. — A man charged with murder in south-central Nebraska’s Dawson County has taken a plea deal.

42-year-old Jose Regalado-Mendez pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter and use of a weapon to commit a felony. He had been charged with first-degree murder in the October 2016 slaying of 37-year-old Jose Hernandez. Prosecutors lowered the charge in exchange for Regalado-Mendez’s plea. His sentencing is set for Jan. 7.

Prosecutors say Regalado-Mendez shot Hernandez and hid the body near a farmhouse north of Lexington. The remains were found Dec. 12, 2016.

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