Committee investigating DOC hears more testimony

By: Channel 8 Newsroom 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Two staffers with the state ombudsman’s office say they repeatedly warned Nebraska prison administrators about a violent inmate who later killed four people in Omaha, but their advice was ignored.

Jerall Moreland and James Davis told a legislative committee Friday that they pushed prison officials to set forth a plan a transition-to-release plan for Nikko Jenkins, who had been kept in isolation for 3 1/2 years.

Jenkins was released directly from segregation in July 2013, despite his pleas for a mental-health civil commitment. He was later convicted of four murders that took place in August 2013.

Davis says he spoke directly with Bob Houston, the corrections director at the time, and top deputies because he was concerned Jenkins would make good on this threats to kill people if released.