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Broken Bow man arrested in connection with stepmother's death

Broken Bow man arrested in connection with stepmother's death

A Nebraska man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his stepmother in rural Custer County.

Trenton R. Esch, 44, was arrested at 9:40 p.m. and booked into the Dawson County Jail following the shooting death of Crystal Esch, 62, at her home, a Nebraska State Patrol spokesman said Sunday. Esch was arrested at his home in Broken Bow following a brief standoff, the spokesman said.

Crystal Esch was pronounced dead at her home north of Broken Bow. Court records in Custer County show that Crystal Esch had a valid protection order against her stepson.

Trenton Esch had at least twice been convicted of violating protection orders obtained by his stepmother.

kevin.cole@owh.com, 402-444-1272

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