Less than a Year Out of Jail, Convicted Sex Offender Gets 50-70 More Years for New Case

Ross Shepherd

A convicted sex offender who was released from a Nebraska prison just this past year has been given 50 to 70 years in prison in a new sexual assault case involving a 7-year-old York child.

Ross Shepherd, 48, of rural Hampton, was sentenced Tuesday in York County District Court after being convicted of two counts of sexual assault of a child in November.

He pleaded no contest to the charges after York County Attorney Candace Dick agreed to drop two other counts in exchange for his plea.

Records show Shepherd was convicted in August 1997 and in October 2010 of sexually assaulting children.

He was released from custody for the 2010 conviction, for which he received five years in prison, in March.

Because of his previous convictions, the two new counts of sexual assault of a child were enhanced to felonies that carried a maximum sentence of 50 years.