Matthew Hinrichsen Receives Two Life Sentences for Antelope County Double Murder
LINCOLN – Attorney General Bruning today announced Matthew Hinrichsen, 34, of Ewing was sentenced to two life sentences for murdering newlyweds Alex and Victoria Lee Vargas of Antelope County. In October, Henrichsen was convicted by jury in Antelope County District Court. He received a life sentence for each of two counts of first degree murder, 25 to 30 years for one count of possessing a firearm while committing a felony and 40 to 50 years for one count of using a firearm to commit a felony. All sentences will run consecutively.
“This man shot and killed Alex and beat Victoria to death before setting their home on fire,” said Bruning. “Today’s sentence ensures he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.”
On December 8, 2012, the bodies of Alex and Victoria Lee Vargas were found in a burned mobile home in rural Antelope County. Autopsies showed Alex Vargas died from three gunshot wounds to his midsection and Victoria Lee Vargas died from traumatic blunt force trauma to the head. Hinrischsen, an ex-boyfriend of Victoria’s, was arrested the same day at his parent’s home.
Assistant Attorney Generals Corey O’Brien and Sandra Allen handled the case.