Suspect, key witness in Nikko Jenkins killing...

Posted at 4:40 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 18:31:58-04

A key suspect and witness, involved in the 2013 Nikko Jenkins killing spree is sentenced in Douglas County District Court.

Christine Bordeaux is sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery, and attempted robbery.  With “Goodtime” and time served she'll spend 7 1/2 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

Bordeaux was with Nikko Jenkins when he killed Andrea Kruger, and at the Spring Lake Park murders in the summer of 2013.  She helped lure Juan Pena and Jorge Ruiz to the park, but prosecutors say she didn’t know Nikko was going to kill them.

She testified against her cousins Erica and Lori Jenkins in state court, Lori again in federal court, and was a key witness when Warren Levering took a plea deal a few weeks ago.

"It was a big piece of this, it was a big part of the evidence we needed in this case and obviously she got consideration of that with regards to the standpoint with the judge and also with the charges she pled guilty to,” Douglas Co. Attorney Don Kleine explained.

Bordeaux pled guilty to the two charges in February 2015.

"My deepest sympathy goes out to the victim's families....I’ve made some very poor choices,” Bordeaux told the judge. “God knows in my heart I never intended for anything like this to happen. Once again I’m very remorseful.”

The judge acknowledged Bordeaux put herself at risk by testifying for the state, and it would've been much tougher to convict everyone involved in the 2013 killing spree without her help.

“She always throughout this whole case has been filled with nothing but remorse that’s why she cooperated in the first place, that’s why she helped in the first place,” her attorney Kevin Ryan described.

Bordeaux may have to testify at Nikko Jenkins' death penalty hearing.  No date has been scheduled and it's unclear if they'll have one because they're waiting to see what happens at the Nebraska State Capitol first.