OMAHA,Neb. (WOWT) -- Jeremiah Connelly was convicted Tuesday of the first-degree murder of Jeanna Wilcoxen a year ago.
Douglas County Attorney Don Klein said the jury deliberated for about an hour before delivering the verdict around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in Douglas County Court.
Connelly was arrested after running from a traffic stop in September 2018. Under questioning about the stolen car he was driving, police say he made reference to a woman's death and the investigation led the discovery of Wilcoxen's body on the side of a road near Fremont.
During the investigation, detectives said 22-year-old Wilcoxen canceled a planned meeting with Connelly, which upset him enough that he tracked her down, laid in wait for her, then bound and abducted her in a van. Prosecutors say he sexually assaulted her and eventually choked her to death. The autopsy shows she died of asphyxiation.
Connelly was also found guilty of tampering with physical evidence, a Class 4 Felony.
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