Posted 12 months ago
By Kevin Horn
An Alliance man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing two people earlier this year.
Monday morning, Box Butte County District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman ordered 26-year-old Dominick Dubray to serve two consecutive life sentences for the February 11 stabbing deaths of 22-year-old Cathy Chavez of Alliance and her step-father, 42-year-old Michael Loutzenhiser of Scottsbluff.
Both were found dead in Dubray’s home near Eighth and Flack in Alliance.
Dubray was found guilty after a jury trial in October of two counts of first degree murder and two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Judge O’Gorman also ordered Dubray to serve 30 to 40 years in prison on each of the weapons charges, which also are to be served consecutive to the murder charges.
The courtroom gallery remained quiet and somewhat somber during the proceedings.
Prosecutor Matt Lierman of the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, asked Judge O’Gorman for the maximum on all four counts and for them to run consecutively. He stated there was no reason to review the graphic and brutal details of the killings because that had occurred during the trial.
Dubray’s attorney, Thomas Sonntag of Scottsbluff, asked for the sentences to run concurrent. Sontag stated that Dubray was extremely remorseful for his actions.
Judge O’Gorman stated he did not have much latitude in the sentencing, as Nebraska State Statue called for a mandatory life sentence.
Dubray’s only comment to the court was that he will appeal and will utilize the services of different legal counsel.