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Riesel admits to running over Little Falls man with borrowed car

By HILARY LANE

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) Jennifer Riesel, of Little Falls, pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing Francis Nelson by running him over twice with a borrowed car.

Riesel will affectively serve serve 13 years and ten months on top of her current unrelated sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years for grand larceny.

Prosecuter Jeffrey Carpenter says he is absolutely certain Riesel set out on the night of September 26, 2011 to kill Nelson. The 74-year-old man was found dead the next morning with his arms and legs tied together.

Riesel claims Nelson offered her $180,000 dollars to end his life because he was suffering from a terminal illness. However, Carpenter says there has not been any money transferred to Riesel or beneficiary changes on any of Nelson's documents. Nelson's family members say they have no knowledge he was sick.

Carpenter hopes Riesel's guilty plea today will help Nelson's grieving family who were emotional in the courtroom find some peace.

"We discussed before we accepted her plea on this date what she would be pleading to and the sentence she would be receiving with the victims family and they are relieved that this process is over and they can move on," says Carpenter, Herkimer County, Assistant District Attorney.

This is not Riesel's first time in handcuffs. She is currently serving a sentence for using her ex-boyfriend's credit card without his authorization.

As long as she does not commit any type of crime before her sentencing on March 7, Riesel will start her sentence for second degree attempted murder as soon as she finishes her current sentence for grand larceny.

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