Jury finds ex-convict guilty of murdering Omaha woman

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A Douglas County jury has found an ex-convict guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a 22-year-old Omaha woman.

It took the jury took less than an hour to find 40-year-old Jeremiah Connelly guilty of killing Jeanna Wilcoxen in September 2018.

Prosecutors laid out a case that included Connelly’s confession to police that he had abducted Wilcoxen from an Omaha park near a laundromat where he’d met her a day earlier.

He told police that he was angry she had backed out of plans to move in with him. He told police he forced her into his van, raped her and suffocated her by wrapping her head in duct tape.

Connelly carried out the killing about six weeks after he had been released from prison, where he served a term for attempted kidnapping, robbery and other crimes.

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