A judge has rejected the third attempt by a convicted murderer to re-open his case.
Gage County District Judge Paul Korslund has denied the latest motion filed by 30-year-old Jeremy Riser, convicted of 2nd-degree murder and three firearms counts in May of 2000.
Riser was one of two juveniles arrested in the shooting death of Judy Kohout, shot and killed after chasing them from her Cortland home after they had taken her pickup from the driveway. Riser and an accomplice were arrested in nearby Lincoln, shortly after the shooting.
Riser had filed a motion alleging ineffective counsel, entrapment, violation of constitutional rights and court error in accepting his guilty pleas.
Korslund ruled the record does not support Riser’s claims of ineffective representation and added, but for his counsel’s alleged errors, he would have gone to trial. The judge ruled Riser’s claims have no merit and that he’s not entitled to an evidentiary hearing on the challenges he raised.
Riser began a prison term ranging from nealry 52 years to as many as 73 years, on July 3rd, 2000.
According to Nebraska State Prison records, his projected release date is June 30th, 2037.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE