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Omaha Teen Sentenced for Killing Benson Student

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Maureen Wertz

OMAHA (KPTM)- An Omaha teen who killed his girlfriend and left her body near a North Omaha creek was sentenced to 60-80 years behind bars Wednesday.

For two years the family of Melanie Koontz had to watch their daughter's killer make his way to the court room, again and again with no result, but Wednesday they finally got the justice they were looking for.


“There wasn't any emotion in the statement that he read, and I feel that there's been no emotion since day one and that's just obviously the type of person he is,” said Michelle Koontz, mother of Melanie Koontz.  


18-year-old Justin Lenz killed 16-year-old Melanie Koontz back in 2012. Investigators say Lenz admitted to a friend that he had sex with Koontz before strangling her. Investigators believe he used his belt to kill her.   He claimed he didn't like the life choices she was making.   The two had been dating for two years.

Lenz recently had a mental health evaluation which delayed his sentencing.

Lenz was originally charged with first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony, however he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder earlier this year.

He faces a minimum of 20 years and up to life in prison and he is eligible for parole in 30 years. The Koontz's family members said they will be back fighting for their sister's memory to make sure he doesn't get out



 

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