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Grand Island man takes plea in wife’s shooting

Mario Chavez is accused of trying to kill his wife on the day of his divorce hearing.
Mario Chavez is accused of trying to kill his wife on the day of his divorce hearing.(Hall County Jail)
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man accused of trying to kill his wife has taken a plea deal in the case.

Mario Chavez, 46, pleaded no contest in Hall County District Court on Wednesday. He was found guilty of first degree assault and intentional animal cruelty. Both felonies.

Chavez was facing first degree attempted murder and two weapons charges, but both of those were dropped in the plea.

He was arrested in August of 2019 after his wife was shot in the back. Police said he attacked his wife early in the morning of the day the pair were scheduled for a divorce hearing. In previous court testimony Chavez claimed he was in black-out and didn’t remember any of the events of that morning.

Chavez is scheduled to be sentenced on June 30 at 10 a.m.

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