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Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Tyler Keup
Photo by Lincoln County Detention Center
Elisha Resler

Tyler Keup of North Platte is back in the Lincoln County jail after he was found Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a North Platte hotel.

Keup served 10 years in the state penitentiary for manslaughter in the shooting of an 18-year-old North Platte girl in 2000 with a .25-caliber semi-automatic that he had bought for $78 -- a case that attracted widespread attention.

After his release in 2011, he returned to North Platte for a year and a half, but was charged in late 2012 for meth distribution, convicted in 2013 and sent to federal prison. He was release Oct. 25, according to prison records.

On Thursday at 4:35 p.m., North Platte police received information that Keup was staying at the Fairfield Inn and had an outstanding warrant. They found him inside a vehicle in the parking lot and took him into custody without incident, police spokesman John Deal said. 

Hotel management said he rented two rooms and since he wasn't coming back, they were going to clean them. Officers went along. Deal said one room was empty except for some drug paraphernalia.

Nobody answered the door of the other room, so management used a key. They found a woman was inside. She used a false name, Deal said, but one of the officers recognized her as Elisha Resler, who was also wanted.

Deal said Resler held a balled up tissue in her hand and would not drop it, so police seized it, checked it and found small plastic baggies with white residue that field tested positive for meth, according to the police report. 

Police said they also found pills of Clonazapam and Lorazepam in the room, for which Resler did not have a prescription. 

She was also taken to jail, charged with false reporting, possession of meth and possession of controlled substances (pills).

Keup was just 16 when he shot an 18-year-old North Platte girl. He maintained it was an accident.

As a prisoner, Keup was influential in efforts to modify life sentences for teenage criminals. He was released from his first term in prison in July 2011 after a court found no evidence of intent to commit murder.

By then, he had become an artist and won honors at both the Nebraska State Fair as well as the 2012 Nebraskaland Days art show.

In prison, he became a member of and designed a logo for a group of prisoners called STOP – Stand Together On Purpose, a group dedicated to battling recidivism – the pattern of criminals returning to crime, and consequently to prison.

This time, he is initially held in jail without bond pending arraignment.

Resler is held on a $100,000 for the distribution charge. She is charged with violating parole and held without bond on that charge. Previously, she served 82 days in jail on a previous meth possession charge and was released Dec. 3, according to sheriff’s records.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 2/24/2017
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