Man kills wife,parents and niece, bags 230 years jail term

A man from Nebraska identified as John Dalton Jr. has been sentenced to 230 years imprisonment after he was convicted of killing his wife , his parents and his niece.

The culprit entered the pleas on Monday to three counts of first-degree murder and four weapons counts, but he offered no explanation for his actions, he was sentenced to three life terms plus up to 230 years in prison.

Chief deputy Douglas County attorney, Brenda Beadle said: “They’re looking for answers — and they’re asking lots of questions — but sometimes there are none. It’s just pure evil.”

Prosecutors say Dalton shot 70-year-old John Dalton Sr., 65-year-old Jean Dalton and 18-year-old Leonna Dalton-Phillip in Omaha last December.

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Police say his six-year-old niece was also present, but she hid under a couch and was able to identify John Dalton Jr. as the shooter. He was captured in Jackson, Tennessee.

Dalton pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1998 shooting of his wife, Shannon Dalton. He was imprisoned for 11 years, and paroled in 2010.

All three of the couple’s daughters were home during the 1998 shooting.

Dalton’s youngest daughter, Alicia Dalton, said Monday that the deaths of her grandparents and cousin were devastating.

“In a matter of seconds,” she said, “everything I had was lost.”



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