Filley Man Investigated in Missing Woman Case, Back in Custody

Filley Man Investigated in Missing Woman Case, Back in Custody
William Kelley Jr.

BEATRICE – A Filley man who was just released from state prison is back in custody, charged in the sexual assaults of a 14-year-old girl, in 2007 and 2008.

47-year-old William Kelley Jr. is charged with first degree sexual assault and third degree sexual assault of a child, in a case being handled by an investigator with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.  A special prosecutor from the attorney general’s office has been appointed to the new case.

The new charges allege that Kelley sexually assaulted the 14-year-old girl when he was 36, at a residence near Filley and at a Beatrice hotel room.  The assaults are alleged to have occurred between June of 2007 and June of 2008.

Kelley was sentenced in June of 2009 to serve a total of 16 years, eight months to 20 years in prison on two counts of child abuse, two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, and for falsifying an application for a handgun.  His mandatory discharge from state prison, was Sunday.

Kelley was arrested at the Gage County Detention Center on a warrant, charging him with sexual assault.   His bond was set at a $100,000 Monday morning, in Gage County Court.  Kelley asked the judge to appoint the same attorney who represented him in the prior case.  He contends the new case against him represents double jeopardy.  The state’s attorney told Gage County Judge Steve Timm that the new charges involve a victim separate from the one involved in Kelley’s past convictions.

Former Gage County Attorney Randall Ritnour previously described Kelley as a suspect in his wife’s disappearance.

Kelley Jr. was the husband of Ann Marie Riekenberg-Kelley, of Filley, who was last seen April 15th, 2008, believed to be driving a dark gray wood-panel 1991 Plymouth Voyager minivan.   She has never been found.

Ann Marie Riekenberg-Kelley

William Kelley Jr. has not been charged in her disappearance.

Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan says Kelley remains a suspect in his wife’s disappearance.

In February 2010, then-District Judge Daniel Bryan denied a motion to return seized property to William Kelley Jr.  At that time, Ritnour opposed the motion to return property because it was being held as evidence in the investigation into Ann Marie Riekenberg-Kelley’s disappearance.

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