Trio convicted in Hively murders officially sentenced

MARSHALL – Three men convicted in the deaths of a Lyon County couple last year were sentenced Monday. Derek Hexum, Theodore Como, and Kyle Wesselink appeared in Lyon County District Court in separate sentencing hearings.

Hexum was sentenced to life in prison for two counts of first degree murder in the 2015 deaths of Jim and Cathy Hively of rural Balaton. He also received prison time for charges of first degree burglary, first degree arson and second degree arson, court records said.

Hexum also received a concurrent prison sentence for violating probation on an earlier conviction for aiding an offender.

In March, Hexum had pleaded guilty to killing Jim and Cathy Hively in their rural Lyon County home. Hexum told the court he and Como had burglarized a Ghent residence the night of April 29, 2015, and then traveled to the Hivelys’ farmhouse.

Como opened the door, while Hexum went inside, and shot the couple. Hexum said the next day, he, Como and Wesselink returned to the house, and Hexum and Como set it on fire.

Como and Wesselink also pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges in connection with the fire, burglary and murders. On Monday, Como received consecutive sentences of more than 20 years in prison for each of two counts of aiding second degree murder charges, and a 48-month sentence for aiding first degree burglary, court records said.

Wesselink was sentenced to 52 months in prison for aiding an offender.