Lexington man sentenced in a 2016 homicide

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LEXINGTON, NEB. (KNOP) - A Lexington man gets the maximum. Jose Regalado Mendez, whose real name is Manuel Juarez Mendez, will spend 40 to 45 years in prison for the 2016 death of a local man and hiding his body. Judge James Doyle sentenced Mendez to 20 years in prison for manslaughter and 20 to 25 years for use of a weapon to commit a felony. Both sentences will be served consecutively.

The Mendez defense team dropped the "not guilty by reason of insanity defense," and pled guilty to manslaughter and use of a weapon to commit a felony.

It's been two years since the murder of 37-year-old Jose Hernandez of Lexington. Mendez is accused of shooting Hernandez and hiding his body near a farmhouse north of Lexington in October of 2016. Hernandez's remains were discovered on December 2016.

Mellissa Callahan is also being charged in the case.

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