Crime Catching Up to Omaha Man in Texas

An Omaha man who admitted to being at the scene of an out-of-state homicide is now in custody for the crime.

Benny Valentine left Nebraska corrections for a Texas jail 57 days ago. He’s now facing his most serious charges to date: aggravated robbery.

Valentine made a name for himself on the basketball courts at Omaha Central and Prep in the early 2000s.

After getting arrested on a drug charge in 2012, an old coach stood up for him at sentencing and Valentine caught a break. He got two-years probation instead of two years in jail.

Fact Finders uncovered that three days later he flew to Texas without permission. Court documents obtained by WOWT Six News found his, "intention was to do a home invasion -- to rob a known drug dealer."

Valentine wasn't alone at that house in Plano, Texas. The homeowner shot and killed Valentine's partner from Omaha, Chinedu Onyeuku, as he entered the patio at three in the morning. Valentine ran.

John Wells, President of the Omaha Police Officer's Association, said, "This person has been given every benefit in the world; has had every opportunity to make it in life and chooses the wrong path. At some point we have to stop giving him chances."

If Texas would not have indicted Benny Valentine, he'd be on the streets today. He was set to be released on parole two weeks ago from Nebraska Corrections where, even with that old probation violation and the court admission of being involved in another crime while free, he managed to rack up more than five-months of Good Time so that he would have gotten out early.

As police officers have said, perhaps Texas has finally stopped the cycle of breaks given to Benny Valentine. He is due in court in Texas next week for felony aggravated robbery. He's currently being held on $50,000 bond.

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