Man gets 2 life terms in ’75 Colorado murders
November 9, 2010
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) – A 66-year-old Longmont man has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the stabbing deaths of a Grand Junction mother and her 5-year-old daughter in 1975.
Jerry Nemnich was sentenced Monday. A jury convicted him Oct. 27 of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Linda Benson and her daughter, Kelley Ketchum.
The Daily Sentinel reports that Nemnich will be eligible for parole in 20 years. Prosecutors say it’s unlikely he would be released.
Nemnich has said he’s innocent. He had a lengthy prison record dating back to the 1960. He was released from prison in 1992, got married and had been working as a long-haul trucker.