Accused Killer Jenkins Says Prison System Failed
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Omaha, NE -- Accused killer Nikko Jenkins wrote a letter two days ago that reached KMTV Action 3 News on Tuesday. He says the system failed him, and it was misconduct by the state that caused him to go on a 10 day killing spree.
The 27-year-old wants to plead guilty to four counts of murder and other felonies because he doesn't want the four victim's families to go through the pain of a trial. Prosecutors say Jorge Cajiga-Ruiz, Juan Uribe-Pena, Curtis Bradford, and Andrea Kruger all died at the hands of Jenkins.
Jenkins wrote that his latest psych evaluation documents again, that he suffers from schizophrenia. He says the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services violated his 8th Amendment forbidding cruel and unusual punishment, knew that he had a psychiatric disorder, and knew the risk he posed to the public if he was released. He says that treatment induced his murderous enraged psychotic episodes.
Gary Plank, a retired Criminal Profiler and Associate Professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University says he's unsure how mentally ill Jenkins is. But he says the accused killer is blaming the system for his actions.
"Most mentally ill people will be able to tell you that I did this and feel justified in doing this, and so they don't commit multiple homicides in that manor because most serial offenders understand that this is a bad act, and society would try to stop them,” Plank explained.
Jenkins says while in prison he was placed in observation suicide cells because of self mutilation. He says his facial carvings are sacrifices for the “Great Serpent Ahpophis”, and that the prison segregation caused his emotional and physical deterioration.
Jenkins concludes by noting he asked for medical treatment and not to be released. Instead, he says, the prison system preyed upon his mental illness to destroy him, hoping he'd destroy himself. Now, four families are traumatized forever and that he didn't wish to hurt anyone.
"I think we've seen that in most of his writings and letters and it's all about me mostly and he's still not caring much about others but knowing that he needs to say something along that line," Plank concluded.
He's awaiting another psychiatric competency evaluation which will be done at the Douglas County Jail.