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(Neb)-Simants Ruled Still Dangerous, Will Remain In Custody

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/01/2019 09:05 AM
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - 74-year-old Erwin Charles Simants, who murdered 6 members of a North Platte-area family more than 40 years ago, will remain in state care for at least another year.

    Simants was found Not Guilty by reason of insanity in the 1975 killings, a sentence that requires a judge to rule each year on whether he's recovered enough to be released.

     Lincoln County District Judge Michael Piccolo ruled Wednesday that Simants remains mentally ill and dangerous, based upon a diagnosis by experts at the state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln.

     Piccolo also ruled against moving Simants, diagnosed as schizophrenic, to an inpatient or nursing home environment to deal with his health problems.

        Simants shot Henry and Audrey Kellie, their son David and 3 of their grandchildren in 1975 at the Kellies' home near Sutherland. He was found guilty, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. His insanity plea came in his retrial.


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