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Jury convicts 54-year-old Sidney man of killing woman who'd sent a text that enraged him

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SIDNEY, Nebraska — A 54-year-old man has been convicted of killing a woman who'd sent him a text that enraged him.

On Thursday a Cheyenne County jury convicted Larry Martinez of first-degree murder and use of a firearm. Authorities say Martinez fatally shot 30-year-old Mandy Kershman on July 18, 2012, at the home of a friend in Sidney.

Martinez had told officers he was angry about a text message she'd sent him. Police say he shot her as he confronted her about it.

Martinez's sentencing is scheduled for May 7. He faces life in prison.

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