Suspect in GJ long before ’75 killings

The lengthy criminal record of Jerry Nemnich includes a Grand Junction bad-check case a decade before the fatal stabbings of a mother and daughter that he now stands accused of commiting in the city.

Nemnich, 19 at the time, penned a $700 check in 1964 at the now-defunct Tribolet Auto Sales, 525 N. 25th Street in Grand Junction, toward the purchase of a 1962 Chevrolet convertible, according to criminal records on file at the Colorado State Archives in Denver.

It’s unclear whether Nemnich actually obtained the car.

The check he wrote in July 1964 was drawing on a nonexistent personal checking account at First National Bank of Longmont, according to the records.

The documents do not shed light on why Nemnich was car shopping in Grand Junction.

Nemnich’s foster parents at the time are listed as residing at an address in Longmont.

Nemnich, 64, an over-the-road trucker and Longmont resident who has an extensive criminal past, was arrested earlier this month in connection with the July 1975 slayings of Linda Benson, 24, and her daughter, Kelley, 5, in Grand Junction.

According to the 1964 arrest records, Nemnich was charged with check fraud and convicted at trial in August 1964. He was sentenced to a term of three to five years at the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City.

Nemnich’s conviction in Mesa County was four years after he was convicted of attempted rape in Nebraska.

Twice convicted of sexual assault, Nemnich was incarcerated Colorado state prisons and paroled at least six times since age 17, according to court records.

Most recently, he was paroled in 1992 after serving 14 years after a sex assault conviction in Denver County.

Nemnich is in custody at the Mesa County Jail on $3 million bond.


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