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North Platte Man Faces New Charges After Prison Release

Tyler Keup

A North Platte man convicted of killing an 18-year-old girl when he was teen is now facing drugs and weapons charges.

Tyler Keup, 29, was arrested last November and pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of meth distribution, drug possession and possession of a deadly weapon.

Keup was originally convicted of murdering Maricella Martinez when he was 16 years old. In 2011, he was released from prison after winning an appeal. The judge ruled that at 16 Keup couldn't form the intent to kill, a necessary factor for the second-degree murder conviction.

Keup's charge was reduced to manslaughter and his sentence reduced to 20 years from the original 30-60 years.

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