Nikko Jenkins, accused of four murders over the summer, says he wants to plead guilty to the crimes but he wants the blame placed on mental illness.
Jenkins called WOWT 6 News on Thursday from inside the Douglas County jail. Brian Mastre and Joe Chiodo spoke with the accused killer.
He said he wants to avoid trial for the sake of the victims’ families.
"I don't want to go to trial,” he said. “I don't care what happens to me. I don't care what needle they put in me. I don't care what's gonna happen because I'm sick of this. I did my whole life in jail. My whole life has been in prison. My whole life has been confined."
Jenkins is accused of killing four people in a 10 day span, just days after getting released early from prison. The 27-year-old is charged with the killings of Juan Uribe-Pena and Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz on August 11th, Curtis Bradford on August 19th and Andrea Kruger on August 21st.
He doesn't deny any of the killings but he blames them on mental illness.
“I am diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic with psychotic episodes,” he said. “I did never wish for anyone to be harmed by my disease and what I suffer from. I begged Nebraska Department of Corrections to treat me."
He said he asked the state to not release him at the end of July. He was freed after serving more than a decade for robbery, assault and weapons convictions.
Sources have told WOWT 6 News that doctors believe he manipulated the situation and that he wasn't begging for help but gaming the system. Sources have said Nikko Jenkins is a sociopath and for that there is no treatment.
Jenkins said Thursday, “All I want to do is plead guilty to these charges and take away the traumatization that's going to happen to these families, the victims’ families, because I know I hold that power to spare them of seeing those crime scene photos."
He told us, “I wish to plead guilty to all of these charges and they are not allowing me to plead guilty."
He also said, “I never wanted to commit these crimes. I never wanted to hurt anybody of this nature. I was ordered by the great serpent to bring about the warfare of revelations on to the earth."
He has already entered a formal plea of not guilty.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine was out of town and unavailable for comment but his office did receive a letter from Jenkins regarding his (Jenkins') thoughts on changing his plea to guilty. No hearings are currently scheduled to address that.