Sentencing delayed for teen who strangled one-time girlfriend

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:21 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

The latest fallout from a Nebraska report exposing overcrowded prisons and underfunded rehabilitative programs: a delay in the sentencing in a major murder case.

Douglas County District Judge Russell Bowie granted a delay Wednesday so he could receive an evaluation and report on what prison programs are available to treat Justin Lenz, 18, who strangled his one-time girlfriend, Melanie Koontz, in 2012.

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