Jeffrey Hessler Nebraska Death Row

Jeffrey Hessler nebraska death row

Jeffrey Hessler was sentenced to death by the State of Nebraska for the kidnapping and murder of Heather Guerrero. According to court documents Heather Guerrero was delivering newspapers when the fifteen year old was abducted by Jeffrey Hessler. The girl would be sexually assaulted and murdered. Jeffrey Hessler would be arrested convicted and sentenced to death.

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On the morning of February 11, 2003, 15-year-old Heather Guerrero left her home in Gering, Nebraska, to make deliveries on her newspaper route.   Heather never returned home.   A search was conducted, and on the morning of February 12, Heather’s body was found in the basement of an abandoned house near Lake Minatare, Nebraska.

During the investigation of Heather’s disappearance, a witness who was walking his dog on the morning of February 11, 2003, reported that he had heard a scream and had seen a silver or tan Nissan Altima drive by at a high rate of speed.   A car matching that description belonged to a friend of Hessler’s who had allowed Hessler to drive the car.   A search of the car revealed three boxes of live ammunition, some spent casings, and Hessler’s wallet.   After police questioned Hessler, Hessler gave police his semiautomatic handgun.   In response to interrogation, Hessler admitted to having sex with Heather but asserted that it was consensual.   Hessler said that after Heather indicated she would not keep the encounter secret, he “freaked out,” took her to the basement of the abandoned house, and shot her.

On February 26, 2003, the State filed an information charging Hessler with five counts in connection with the death of Heather:  count I, premeditated murder;  count II, felony murder;  count III, kidnapping;  count IV, first degree sexual assault;  and count V, use of a firearm to commit a felony

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