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Man convicted of mid-90's Sioux County murder granted parole

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The man convicted of killing a man and disposing the body in a Sioux County farmstead has been granted parole by the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

42-year-old Travis Buechler was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder in the 1993 death of Efrain Hernandez.

In his recorded confession, Buechler stated that he and Andrew Requejo, a friend and local drug dealer, picked up Hernandez, who was actively involved in drug dealing in the Scottsbluff area, to complete a purchase of marijuana.

After making a marijuana delivery at a business on the edge of  Morrill, Nebraska, they drove north into Sioux County. Hernandez had been verbally abusing Buechler for driving erratically, so Buechler stopped the automobile, pretending that something was wrong with a wheel.   Buechler got out and pretended to check it.

Hernandez also got out of the automobile, whereupon Buechler shot him several times in the face and in the back of the head.

After the shooting, Buechler and Andrew Requejo went to Mitchell, Nebraska, to get Andrew Requejo's younger brother, Richard Requejo. The three of them then moved the body to the corral, where it was later found.

Buechler was initially convicted of murder in the first degree and use of a firearm to commit a felony, and was sentenced to life in prison.

However, the case was appealed to the Nebraska Supreme Court. Because of the district court's error in excluding a psychologist's testimony, that judgment was reversed.

Ultimately, Buechler was convicted of a lesser charge of 2nd degree murder, and was sentenced to 10 to 40 years in jail, with his sentence beginning on November 2, 1998.

On Tuesday, March 25th Buechler was released on discretionary parole. 

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