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Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Attorney Says Leota Kant Has Dementia

Leota Kant, 86, was arraigned in Kimball District Court on Tuesday morning on the offense of attempt of a class 1/1A/1/B/1/C/1/D felony and use of a firearm to commit a felony. Both Kant and her attorney, Stuart Dornan, appeared by Zoom for the proceedings.

Kant’s attorney entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for her, stating that she was evaluated on Nov 29, 2023, and it was determined that she suffers from dementia. Due to her vulnerability, Ms. Kant is safely housed in an assisted living facility at this time.

Special prosecutor Gail VerMaas from the Nebraska Attorney General’...

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