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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Two Sentenced in 2003 Kimball County Death

  • Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced Vencil Ash III, 41, and Kelly Meehan, 24, were sentenced in relation to the 2003 shooting death of Ryan Guitron. Ash was sentenced to life imprisonment for one count of first-degree murder.


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  • Attorney General Jon Bruning today announced Vencil Ash III, 41, and Kelly Meehan, 24, were sentenced in relation to the 2003 shooting death of Ryan Guitron. Ash was sentenced to life imprisonment for one count of first-degree murder. He was found guilty by jury last month in Kimball County District Court. Meehan pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory to a felony and was sentenced to the maximum 20 to 60 months in prison.
     
    “Nine years ago, Ryan Guitron was taken to a rural area and executed,” said Bruning. “Hopefully, these sentences will provide a measure of closure for the victim’s family while also ensuring the perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes.”
     
    Ryan Guitron of Fort Collins, Colorado was last seen alive in October 2003. He was living with Vencil Ash and Kelly Meehan at the time.
     
    In April 2010, Meehan told investigators that Ash had taken Guitron to a farm in the fall of 2003, shot him in the head and buried his body in a woodpile. Members of law enforcement later located Guitron’s body on an abandoned farm near Bushnell, Nebraska.
     
    Assistant Attorneys General Sandra Allen and Corey O’Brien handled the case.

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