Accused murderer Jeffrey Glazebrook of Omaha, who was freed because of improper courtroom procedures at his trail, is now behind bars. Jeffrey Glazebrook, 52, will serve 30-60 years in prison for two crimes -- tampering with a witness as well as making terroristic threats.
The sentence was enhanced due to Glazebrook's habitual criminal status, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said, which guarantees he will serve at least at least 20 years, regardless of other factors that might lead to an earlier release.
During Glazebrook’s 2009 murder trial in Saunders County, he clandestinely threatened to kill a witness and was observed doing so, Bruning said.
At that trial, Glazebrook was convicted of murdering an elderly woman in 1977 -- Sadie May McReynolds of Ashland. Prosecutors said Glazebrook was just 17 when the sexually assaulted the 97-year-old woman, who died two weeks later.
During the trail, Glazebrook mouthed the words "I will kill you" at a witness who was testifying. Four jurors and Saunders County Sheriff Kevin Stukenholtz said they saw him, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.
Glazebrook's initial conviction was overturned by the Nebraska Supreme Court because evidence was erroneously admitted during the trial regarding sexual and physical assaults of other women, Bruning said.
Bruning said his office is glad the finally see Glazebrook in prison.
“This man’s continued disregard for the law proves he is a threat to society,” Bruning said. “We’re pleased the court recognized this danger and put Mr. Glazebrook behind bars where he belongs.”
The McReynolds death was one of the oldest cold-case homicides to go to trial in Nebraska.
Assistant Nebraska Attorneys General Corey O’Brien and Matt Lierman handled the prosecution.
The case was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Corey O’Brien and Matt Lierman.