Posted 7 months ago
By Kevin Horn
The trial for the Hemingford woman charged with being an accessory to the death of former Alliance resident Josh Bullock, which was scheduled to start Monday morning in Box Butte County District Court, will NOT be held.
Friday afternoon, Judge Travis O’Gorman accepted the guilty plea of 20-year-old Rose Seifke to an amended charge of being an accessory to a felony.
The original charge filed by the Box Butte County Attorney’s office was a Class Three Felony, which carried a prison sentence of one to 20 years. The amended charge is a Class Four Felony, which, in this case, will probably carry a sentence of 20 to 60 months. Under Nebraska’s good time law, Seifke could be eligible for parole in ten months
She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 1 at 3 p.m.
Seifke was originally charged last summer stemming from her association with 27-year-old Andy Gonzalez, who told law enforcement during a June 12 standoff at Thiele Pharmacy and Gifts that he had killed the 38-year-old Bullock and buried his body in rural Dawes County.
Bullock was reported missing on December 1, 2011. His burned out pickup truck was located December 14, 2011, and his body was found in a shallow grave south of Chadron in mid-June.
The driving force in reducing the charge from a Class Three Felony to a Class Four Felony was the State having to prove Seifke was an accessory to First or Second Degree Murder, when the man believed to have actually committed the murder, Andy Gonzalez, is deceased, and never was convicted of a crime.