Convicted Murderer Kimberly Faust Allowed to Attend Her Father's Funeral

By: Mike Cronemeyer
By: Mike Cronemeyer

Kimberly Faust was convicted of murder for the second time in January 2004. For her crimes, Faust has been serving two consecutive life sentences. An Otoe County judge handed down the sentences for the April 2000 murders. Saying Faust showed no remorse and imprisonment was necessary. Faust was convicted of killing her estranged husband's girlfriend, 27-year-old Shannon Bluhm and 45-year-old Robert Parminter.

Officials say Faust shot and stabbed Bluhm then set her car on fire.
Parminter was shot when he tried to come Bluhm's rescue.

Faust's first conviction was overturned by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The high court ruled the first trial was unfair because testimony was allowed about her history of violence.

Kimberly Faust was lead out of Plains Baptist Church in shackles, surrounded by two correction officers after she attended her father's funeral Wednesday in Lincoln. Faust was allowed to attend the funeral after her request was reviewed by the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

" Part of our mission statement is humane care and control and this is a humane part of that", says Anne Locke a spokesperson for Correctional Services. Correction officials say situations like Faust's don't happen often, but when they do, they're extremely emotional.

"The department's faced with a difficult situation in this case. We acknowledge the victim family pain, we also recognize that there's an inmate family that's grieving and experiencing a loss. We try and maintain some delicate balance in that", said Locke.

That delicate balance, does come with an official policy.
Each inmate's case is reviewed by state correction officials.
A decision is based on the public danger the inmate poses and the behavior of the inmate while incarcerated.
All indications are that Faust has been a model prisoner.

Police patrolled the area around Plains Baptist Church, but things remained calm and quiet. So did Kimberly Faust, who had one last opportunity to say good-bye to her father, and the outside world.

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