OMAHA (KPTM) - The husband of a woman shot to death in August has filed a $7.5 million claim against the State of Nebraska.
The claim states State employees, "came to the belief that Nikko Jenkins, a convicted felon in the State's care and custody, was a dangerous person. In order to protect convicted felons from him, it isolated Jenkins from the general prison population. The state...reasonably believed it was foreseeable that Jenkins would harm (others) if not placed in isolation. The State then negligently released Jenkins from its care and custody in violation of its own rules, even though it was foreseeable to the State that Jenkins would harm innocent persons upon his early release."
The claim was filed Monday afternoon with the Nebraska State Claims Board.
Police say Nikko Jenkins and several others were involved in a spree that ended in the shooting deaths of four people, including Kruger in a 2-week period.
Curtis Bradford was found shot to death outside a home in North Omaha and two men were found shot to death in a pickup truck in a South Omaha park several days later.
Andrea Kruger was driving home from work in the early morning hours on August 21st. Police say she was shot by Jenkins so he and several others could steal her car.
Investigators with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department have testified Jenkins told them he shot her with a shotgun.
Jenkins served time in prison since his teens. He was released after serving 10 1/2 years of a sentence of over 20 years as a result of the State's good-time early release law.
During his sentence, he was convicted of assaulting another inmate, and assaulting a guard while trying to escape.
A spokesperson with the Nebraska Corrections Department would not provide a comment on the claim.
We will have more on this developing story on the FOX 42 News at Nine.