Man Found Guilty in University of Nebraska Womens' Soccer Star's Death

LINCOLN Neb. (AP) - A man accused of shooting and killing a University of Nebraska women's soccer star was found guilty of second-degree murder Monday.

Lucky Iromuanya 23 faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 24.

A jury convicted Iromuanya of second-degree murder in the death of Jenna Cooper attempted second-degree murder for injuring student Nolan Jenkins and two counts of using a firearm to commit a felony.

Cooper a 21-year-old junior from Louisville Ky. died after being shot in the throat April 25 during a dispute at a party that began when Iromuanya was accused of stealing shot glasses.

Iromuanya apparently fired at Jenkins but the bullet passed through Jenkins' scalp before exiting and striking Cooper in the throat.

Ellen Cooper Jenna's mother had mixed emotions about the verdict. "I can't say we're happy she said "but it's closure for all of us."

Cooper was a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers and one of the top defenders in the Big 12 Conference. She played on the U.S. Under-21 National Team in 2002.


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