Thirty-year-old Patrick Schroeder of Dubois has been sentenced in Pawnee County District Court to life in prison for first degree murder for killing his former employer.
Schroeder was also give 20 years in prison for use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and 30 to 60 years in prison for forgery as a habitual criminal. All three sentences will be served consecutively.
On April 14, 2006, Schroeder murdered Kenneth Albers of Pawnee City, while robbing him at his home. Albers died of blunt force trauma to the head. His body was later found in an abandoned well on his property southwest of Pawnee City.
“Justice prevailed today,” said Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. “Mr. Schroeder brutally took a man’s life and now he’ll pay by spending the rest of his life in prison. I hope this helps bring some closure to the Albers family and to the residents of Pawnee City.”