HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) A Lincoln man will spend 38-40 years in prison for crimes connected to the 2017 shooting death of Hastings resident Jose Hansen.
Deante Mullen, 21, will serve 38-40 years in prison on two felony convictions in connection to the shooting death of Jose Hansen in 2017. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)
An Adams County judge sentenced Deante Mullen, 21, on two felony convictions Tuesday in Adams County District Court. Mullen received 19 to 20 years in prison for attempted robbery, and 19 to 20 years for accessory to a felony consecutive to count one.
The sentence is just about the max penalty Mullen could get for both convictions.
"We're disappointed of course. We were hoping that the judge would run the sentences concurrent," said Charles Brewster, Mullen's defense attorney. "Mr. Mullen is going to be locked up for a long time."
The judge stated in court that even if Mullen didn't pull the trigger, everyone there the night Hansen died is responsible for his death.
Mullen offered an apology in court for the pain he's caused to the victim's family, and to his own family.
"I just want to apologize to Joey's family and loved ones. I am truly sorry for what happened to him. I hope you guys can all find forgiveness in your hearts for me," Mullen said.
Emotions ran high in the courtroom once the judge announced Mullen's sentence. Tears ran down Mullen's face as he watched his family cry.
Family and friends of Jose Hansen hugged one another, letting out sighs of relief.
Wendy Hansen, Jose Hansen's mom, said she believes Mullen's apology was sincere.
"The only thing that I ever wanted from the beginning was justice for my son. I don't know if justice was ever served, but I feel this is the best outcome that it could've possibly had," Hansen said.
It's been more than two years since her son died. Since then, she's gone through an 11-day trial, and several hearings and sentences.
Now, Hansen said it's time to look ahead.
"Thinking I'll never have him again. My life kind of revolved around him as being my only son. I guess just still learning how to live," Hansen said.
Brewster said it's possible for them to appeal the sentence, but it would be difficult given the nature of the convictions.
Deante Mullen was convicted of those charges in November.
At the time his attorney asked for a substance abuse review be conducted in jail in order to help probation officers learn about Mullen's background with substance abuse. He said this case had a lot of drugs involved.
Mullen was one of three suspects arrested in the September 2017 shooting death of Jose Hansen.
Mullen was also a key witness in the trial of Daniel Harden. A jury found Harden not guilty of Hansen's murder November 4th. Harden was convicted of felony conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced last month to 40-44 years in prison for that crime.
In exchange for his testimony in the Harden trial, prosecutors dropped murder and weapons charges against Mullen.
A third suspect, Katherine Creigh, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with the case. She was sentenced last month to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.