Mass murderer Erwin Charles Simants will remain confined at the Lincoln Regional Center.
Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands has ordered Simants to remain at the center for at least one more year.
Simants has been a resident at the mental health center since 1979, when he was committed to the facility after being declared not guilty of six deaths due to mental illness.
Simants shot dead six members of a Sutherland family in 1975.
On October 18th of 1975, Simants killed Henry and Marie Kellie and their 32-year-old son, David. Also killed were three of the Kellie’s grandchildren: 10-year-old Florence, 7-year-old Deanna, and 5-year-old Daniel. Autopsies disclosed the grandmother and one of the granddaughters were sexually assaulted after they died.
Simants had done odd jobs for Henry Kellie over the years. He lived next door.
Initially, a jury found him guilty. He was sentenced to die. The Nebraska Supreme Court overturned the conviction and ordered a new trial after it was revealed the sheriff had played cards with sequestered jurors during a break in the trial.
A second trial in 1979 found Simants mentally ill.
In September, four psychiatric professionals cleared him of mental illness.
The attorney for Simants says he will appeal the decision.