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Court records indicate triple homicide suspect had troubling past

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OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - The suspect in Tuesday's triple homicide near 37th and Spaulding Streets in Omaha has been arrested before. As FOX 42 News uncovered, John Dalton, Jr. was convicted of killing someone else nearly 20 years ago. With that in mind, some people are now wondering why he's not still in prison for that crime.

FOX 42 News went digging into court documents Wednesday afternoon that can shed some light on that question. In 1999, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison. A district court judge, however, told Dalton he would be eligible for parole after serving at least ten years in prison. Also, a plea agreement spared Dalton, Jr. from a possible life sentence.

According to prison records, Dalton, Jr. was paroled in 2010. That's 11 years after receiving his sentence.

Court records also indicate Dalton was to benefit from good behavior. His maximum sentence would be 15 years. He was given credit for more than 400 days he already served in jail before his sentencing. That good behavior rule has been a source of frustration for some people in the Omaha area. Four years ago, Heather Duhachek was surprised to learn her ex-husband was released several years before she was expecting.

"He strangled me and stomped on my face and punched me in the face in front of our three kids who were completely helpless to the situation," said Duhachek.

Timothy Moody got to leave prison early because of the Good Time Law.

"It was just one of those moments I'll never forget," said Duhachek.

As for Dalton, Jr., prosecutors are now working to build a case against him.

Wednesday night, FOX 42 News learned the Douglas County Attorney's Office is working with another county attorney's office in Tennessee. Together, they're coordinating extradition efforts.

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