Lancaster County will foot the $3,080 bill for bringing a man suspected of killing two people in Otoe County back to Nebraska in what the sheriff there called a "nice gesture."
Nearly a month after border agents arrested Brindar Jangir as he was trying to reenter the U.S. near San Diego on March 30, Jangir was flown back to Lincoln and appeared in Lancaster County Court on Thursday on his felony warrant for possession of a stolen handgun.
Investigators here allege he stole the shotgun from a Lincoln home, then used it in the murders of Randal and Annette Grimes in Douglas on March 23.
Douglas is 30 miles southeast of Lincoln.
Randal Grimes, 56, and Annette Grimes, 51, were the parents of a woman Jangir was living with in Sioux City, Iowa, until she moved out March 12, according to court documents.
Two Lancaster County deputies flew to San Diego, picked Jangir up and flew back with him last week, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said.
Following his court appearance Thursday, Jangir was taken to the Otoe County jail in Nebraska City, Otoe County Sheriff Colin Caudill said.
On Monday, he's scheduled to appear on his two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Wagner and Caudill said since both counties had warrants and Wagner's office has more deputies and experience with extraditions, Lancaster County decided to haul Jangir back to Nebraska.
Jangir's alleged crimes, apprehension and extradition mark a rare multi-jurisdictional case involving vastly different agencies.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has five times the number of deputies as Otoe County, and Wagner said his court-security division routinely handles nationwide extraditions.
Each year, Wagner's office budgets and spends about $45,000 on travel, transportation and food tied to extraditions, he said.
Occasionally, the sheriff's office receives reimbursement for its extradition services after a convicted offender pays court costs.
But more often than not, his agency isn't compensated because the person gets convicted, goes to prison and doesn't have the assets to pay court costs, Wagner said.
Compared with his agency, Caudill said, Lancaster County does these kinds of extraditions "a heckuva lot more regularly," he said.
"Having him in custody is a relief to those smaller communities. It’s a relief to our agency, and now we can just move forward with the legal process," he said.