Husband Of Murder Victim Files Claim Against State

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

The husband of an Omaha woman who authorities say was among four slain by a man recently released from prison has filed a $7.5 million claim against the state of Nebraska.

The claim filed Monday for Michael-Ryan Kruger says the death of 33-year-old Andrea Kruger could have been prevented.

Nikko Jenkins spent more than a decade in prison -- and after a little more than a week after being released, investigators say he killed four people in ten days.

The last victim -- Andrea Kruger -- was picked at random, investigators testified.

Jenkins told detectives he wanted her SUV so he could rob others.

Detectives said she begged for her life before he shot her four times.

In September, Michael-Ryan Kruger said, "This is just about evil on earth having taken place in our community."

Kruger's husband has said that he hoped her case sparked change in the system.

"Michael-Ryan is a fabulous father and he needs to take care of his children," said Lincoln attorney Kathleen Neary, who represents the Kruger family. "And hopefully, this lawsuit will have a deterrent effect. That this doesn't happen to anyone else."

She doesn't understand why Jenkins -- who actually asked for mental health care while in prison -- never got any. Even when a judge recommended it.

Two years ago, Judge Gary Randall of Omaha: " (Nikko Jenkins) has a long and serious history of mental illness which inhibits his ability to be rehabilitated. The court....recommends to the department of corrections that (Nikko Jenkins) be assessed and treated for issues regarding his mental health."

The Department of Corrections declined to comment on the claim. Some prison sources suggest the Nikko Jenkins manipulates people and that he's a sociopath and for that -- there is no treatment.

Kruger's attorney points to the fact that Jenkins was isolated from prisoners because corrections deemed him dangerous....and then set free without any supervision. "They had protected the other inmates who had been in the system - - but in our case, they didn't protect the citizens of our state."

Jenkins, 27, has pleaded not guilty to killing Kruger and three other people within a month of leaving prison on July 30. He had served more than a decade for robbery, assault and weapons convictions.

The state has 6 months to respond to the claim. If no action is taken, Kruger's attorneys will file a lawsuit.

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