WEST POINT, Neb. -- An Oakland, Nebraska, woman was sentenced Thursday to up to 20 years in prison for buying a can of lighter fluid that was used to burn down a rural Rosalie, Nebraska, house with a homicide victim inside.
Becky Weitzenkamp, 42, pleaded guilty in Cuming County District Court in February to one count of accessory to a felony. In addition to buying the lighter fluid, she drove Derek Olson to Ernest Warnock's house to set it on fire after Warnock's death.
District Judge Mark Johnson sentenced Weitzenkamp to 18-20 years in prison. A charge of first-degree arson was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Court documents show that Weitzenkamp had been at Warnock's home with Derek and Jody Olson on March 10, 2017, to retrieve property belonging to her. A fight broke out, and Warnock stabbed Jody Olson in the arm before Derek Olson stabbed Warnock several times in the neck and head and hit him in the head with a ball peen hammer. An autopsy found that Warnock, 64, was dead before his home was set on fire.
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Warnock's body was found inside the burned rubble of his home the next day.
Jody Olson, 49, and his son, Derek Olson, 29, both of Oakland, each have pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, accessory to a felony, use of a weapon to commit a felony and first-degree arson. Derek Olson also is charged with cruelty to an animal for the death of a dog in the fire.
Jody Olson is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 14. Derek Olson's trial is scheduled for March 11.
Jenna Merrill, 32, of Oakland, has pleaded not guilty to accessory to a felony for allegedly providing false information to authorities. Her trial is scheduled for Nov. 13.