Victim's father had no idea convicted killer was out of prison

Victim's father had no idea convicted killer was out of prison
In 1987 in Nebraska, Tom Huber's 17-year-old daughter, Kathryn, was strangled.
In 1987 in Nebraska, Tom Huber's 17-year-old daughter, Kathryn, was strangled.

. - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – After more than 12 years in prison for manslaughter in Nebraska, the same man is now back behind bars in Louisville after a bizarre case that still has police officers thankful no one was killed.

In 1987 in Nebraska, Tom Huber's 17-year-old daughter, Kathryn, was strangled. It wasn't until 10 years later, one person would be held accountable for her death. That man was John McLeaney. 

"Next thing I know, we are here, almost 20 years later," Huber said.

Fast forward to Saturday; Jeffersontown Police said another woman was lucky to be alive after her encounter with the same man. McLeaney, 46, is accused of kidnapping, typing the woman up and driving her to the Taylorsville Road Cricket Wireless store, where she worked and McLeaney used to work as a contracted employee.

Police said he stole a safe, and then sexually assaulted the woman, before driving her back to his house on Columbine Drive in PRP. Police showed up there, because they realized this case was very similar to other recent break-ins that McLeaney was already charged with. 

"At that point we didn't know we had a kidnapped person," Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders said. "We thought we were just investigating a burglary."
  
Police said McLeaney barricaded himself in the garage. It wasn't until his fiancé begged him to talk with police, that the kidnapped victim was able to escape, according to Sanders.

A standoff with police lasted more than five hours with McLeaney threatening to kill himself and others. SWAT officers were finally able to use tear gas and arrested him.

Huber said he had no idea McLaney was even out of prison for his daughter's death, until WAVE 3 News contacted him.

"I wish he would have shot himself, because then it would be over," Huber said.

Not only did he not know he was out of prison, he had no idea he was living in Kentucky, but Brian Bailey did. He said his two children, now 18 and 19, lived with McLeaney and his ex-wife for four to five years. His daughter has since moved out, but his son still stayed there.  

"I saw him pull in here yesterday and it was just tears of joy," Bailey said. "I was just so thankful to see that he was alive."

McLeaney was arraigned Monday morning. He faces numerous charges including robbery, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and wanton endangerment.

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