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Keenan M. Lambert
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Jordan M. Baker

Keenan Lambert, 18, was convicted of first-degree assault and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony in the stabbing of two women in July at the Nebraska Youth Center.  

Lambert pled no contest to the charges.

A presentence investigation was ordered, to be conducted by the District 11 probation office. His sentencing is set for April 28.

Lambert and Jordan Baker, 16, stabbed Diana Jones and Robin Schneider in July. The women were working at the youth center on the north edge of North Platte. The stabbings were deliberate. Both teens were initially charged with attempted murder but the charges were lowered because of their age.

The boys allegedly snuck the knives out of the kitchen. According to court records, Johns was seated, doing paperwork, when Lambert approached her, complaining of a headache. Johns gave him a Tylenol and sent him back to his room.

A short time later, she heard footsteps running in the hall and turned to see Baker running toward Robin Schneider. She said she saw the two of them struggle and she saw blood coming from Schneider’s back.

Schneider was stabbed five times – three times in the back, once in her left shoulder and once behind her ear. She suffered a partially collapsed lung, according to court affadavits.

After Baker stabbed Schneider, he came around the front desk at Johns, she said in an affadavit. He stabbed her in the right side of her neck and shoulder. John said she pushed him away and he stumbled.

Johns was stabbed again on the other side of her neck, but she managed to get to Schneider and the two of them got into the office, according to the affadavit. Baker tried to push the office door open but Schneider got the door locked and Johns called 911, the affadavit said.

A 12-inch knife with an 8-inch blade was found at the scene. Baker, who reportedly stabbed himself in the hand in the struggle, left a bloody trail that led to the parking lot, where the boys stole Schneider’s car to escape. They were caught about an hour later near Lexington.

According to investigators, the two teens planned to go to St. Louis. They had told two other boys in the home that they would hurt anyone who tried to stop them.

Another knife, said to be a smaller one, was never found.

Baker was also convicted Feb. 25 of first-degree assault and use of deadly weapon and his sentencing is scheduled on April 28.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/10/2014
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