Nebraska Inmate Could Be Freed Within A Year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Nebraska man who had been serving a life sentence for kidnapping a teenager who was later killed could be out of prison within a year.

Thirty-six-year-old Jeremy Herman was convicted of kidnapping
for his role in the 1992 murder of Jeremy Drake. Herman was 17 when he and another teen kidnapped Drake. Herman's accomplice, Christopher Masters, was convicted of killing Drake.

Herman pleaded guilty to kidnapping on the advice of his attorney, who didn't know that the conviction carried a life sentence.

A judge subsequently vacated Herman's sentence because of the poor legal advice, and Herman was re-sentenced on Wednesday to
39-to-40 years.

Herman's new attorney, Tom Riley, says that because Herman has
served 19 years, he's eligible for parole in six months and
mandatory release in a year.

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