- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A 28-year-old Omaha man has been sentenced to life in prison for strangling a longtime family friend in her home last year.

Matthew Kidder was sentenced Tuesday to a mandatory life term after a jury convicted him earlier this year of first-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon.

Police say Kidder raped and strangled 28-year-old Jessyka Nelson on June 25, 2015. Her body was found in her bathtub the next day.

Kidder was a longtime friend of Nelson’s family. Kidder had been released from prison for the rape and choking of another woman when he killed Nelson.

Police say DNA from Nelson’s fingernails and the cellphone cord used to strangle her matched Kidder‘s, and that his cellphone records showed he was at Nelson’s house the night she was killed.



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