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    Jeffrey Hessler - Nebraska Death Row



    Summary of Offense:

    Convicted of killing Gering newspaper carrier Heather Guerrero in 2003.

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    Inmate Personal Information

    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    DOB:10/23/1978


    Crime and Trial Information

    * County of conviction: Scotts Bluff
    * Number of counts: One
    * Race of Victims: Hispanic
    * Gender of Victims: Female
    * Date of crime: 02/11/2003
    * Date of Sentencing: 05/16/2005


    Legal Status

    Current Proceedings:
    Post‐conviction proceedings


    Attorney

    James Mowbray
    Jeffrey Pickens


    Court Opinions

    State v. Hessler, 741 N.W.2d 406 (Neb. 2007).


    Legal Issues

    On direct appeal:
    1. whether the denial of defendant's motion to plead guilty to felony
    murder was an abuse of discretion;
    2. whether the use of defendant's prior sexual assault of different
    victim to prove the aggravating circumstance that defendant had a
    prior history of serious assaultive criminal activity was an abuse of
    discretion;
    3. whether the trial court's failure to excuse four jurors for cause
    constituted reversible error;
    4. whether the denial of defendant's motion to change venue was an
    abuse of discretion;

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    Man who killed Nebraska teen pursues another appeal

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A Nebraska man who raped and killed a 15-year-old newspaper carrier in 2003 is again taking his bid to get off death row to the Nebraska Supreme Court.

    Jeffrey Hessler was convicted in 2004 of kidnapping, raping and killing Heather Guerrero, of Gering.

    In his latest bid for post-conviction relief, Hessler claims ineffective counsel. He says his attorneys failed to tell the court that he suffered from mental health problems, including hallucinations.

    Scotts Bluff County District Judge Randall Lippstreu dismissed that claim earlier this year. Hessler is appealing the judge's decision to the Nebraska Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on Thursday.

    Hessler's conviction and death sentence were upheld by the Nebraska Supreme Court in November 2007, after he appealed on other grounds.

    Read more: http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/ap/s...#ixzz1cZnsTzVm

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    State of Nebraska v Jeffrey Hessler

    The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected death-row inmate Jeffrey Hessler's claim that his lawyer failed to properly represent the convicted murderer, kidnapper and rapist at his sentencing.

    The court issued a ruling Friday denying Hessler's request for post-conviction relief. Hessler had argued that his trial-court lawyer should have demanded a competency hearing when Hessler moved to represent himself at his sentencing.

    Hessler was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault of a child and use of a firearm to commit a felony in December 2004. He was sentenced to die for the 2003 rape and shooting death of 15-year-old Heather Guerrero as she left her home in Gering.

    The high court ruled that Hessler had failed to demonstrate a reasonable probability that he was incompetent at his sentencing hearing.

    Read more: http://www.ketv.com/news/30063949/de...#ixzz1hNrQajo1

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    Supreme Court hears appeal for death row inmate

    Nebraska's highest court hears the appeal of a KOTA Territory man convicted of killing a 15 - year - old Gering girl in 2003.

    For the second time, Jeffrey Hessler is appealing his death sentence to the Nebraska Supreme Court.

    Hessler was convicted for the 2003 kidnap, rape and murder of 15-year-old newspaper carrier Heather Guerrero of Gering.

    After Hessler's guilty verdict was rendered, he claims he heard voices - including the voice of God - saying he deserved to die.

    Hessler fired his legal council before being handed the death penalty, and Scotts Bluff County Public Defender Brian Lockwood says at that point, Hessler should have been found incompetent.

    "To not have your client evaluated, or simply file a suggestion of incompetency to the trail court so that an evaluation can be made without with I stand before this court without a record."

    Hessler's conviction and death sentence were upheld by the Nebraska Supreme Court in 2007 after he appealed for other reasons.

    http://www.kotanow.com/story/1595492...ath-row-inmate

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    Heather-Guerrero1.jpg

    Heather Guerrero then

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    Heather Guerrero now

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    On December 17, 2012, Hessler filed a habeas petition in Federal District Court.

    http://dockets.justia.com/docket/neb...cv00427/61242/

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    Death row inmate who killed 15-year-old newspaper carrier denied appeal again

    A Nebraska judge has denied a convicted killer's efforts to appeal his conviction.

    Scotts Bluff County District Judge Randall Lippstreu says in a memorandum Tuesday that Jeffrey Hessler is not entitled to an evidentiary hearing on any issue raised in his second motion for post-conviction relief.

    Post-conviction relief is a civil proceeding that asks a court to overturn a criminal conviction.

    Hessler was convicted in 2004 of kidnapping, raping and killing a 15-year-old newspaper carrier in 2003. The state Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence in November 2007.

    Scottsbluff radio station KNEB reports (http://bit.ly/18VDt8P ) Hessler filed the motion in August 2012. He claims he was mentally ill and incompetent to stand trial. Lippstreu says his claims were addressed and denied during his first motion for post-conviction relief.

    http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/sto.../#.UjFRKH_b1Xg
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