HASTINGS, Nebraska — Jurors found a 24-year-old Guide Rock man guilty of helping his mother stab her boyfriend's 68-year-old mother.
Andrew J. Casterline was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and burglary in the October 2013 death of Virginia Barone, the Hastings Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1uNaz8m ).
Barone's body was found partially covered by boards in her Guide Rock home last fall. Prosecutors argued Casterline helped his mother attack Barone, who was stabbed twice in the back and 20 times in the chest and torso.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Red Cloud.
His mother, Shelley Casterline, 41, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder. She faces 20 years to life in prison and will be sentenced later this month. They are both being held without bond.
Shelley Casterline said she had a bad relationship with Barone and that she had gone to Barone's house to retrieve her cellphone and some clothes. She said they got into an argument before Barone hit her, making her angry. She said she grabbed a knife, stabbed Barone in the back and later tossed the weapon into a cornfield.
Casterline said her son did not help her fatally stab Barone but only helped her move the body.
Prosecutors said Casterline's statements did not match what she told investigators and that she was lying to protect her son.
Information from: Hastings Tribune, http://www.hastingstribune.com
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