Man Pleads Guilty in Murder and Dismemberment Case

DAKOTA CITY, NE — A 19-year old avoided a possible life sentence after entering a plea deal Tuesday.

Brayan Galvan-Hernandez pled no contest to one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of accessory to a felony for his involvement in the murder and dismemberment of 41-year old Kraig D. Kubik near Emerson, Nebraska.

Police say that Kubik was shot in the back of the head, dismembered and had his body parts scattered throughout rural Cedar County. During the investigation into Kubik’s disappearance, police say they found Kubik’s severed right arm and leg in the trunk of a car belonging to 26-year old Andres Surber. Surber is facing similar charges.

In exchange for his pleas, the state agreed to reduce the original charge of first degree murder and dismiss two other offenses.

Galvan-Hernandez will be sentenced December 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Dakota County District court.

If Galvan-Hernandez is found guilty he could face a maximum sentence of 70 years’ imprisonment.

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