For The Record

County Prepares For Upcoming Homicide Trial

It has been nearly a decade since the last homicide trial in Jefferson County. That was in 2021, when Susan DeJong was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her husband, Thomas DeJong, plus an additional 50 years for the use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony. DeJong remains incarcerated at the Nebraska Correction Center for Women.There was a homicide at Crystal Springs Park in Fairbury July 1, 2019, but the accused accepted a plea agreement and no trial was ever held.The County must once again prepare for a trial and all that entails.Jake J. Gonzalez, 18, of Lincoln, is accused of the homicide of a two-year-old child in Fairbury....


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