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Police: Omaha man were imprisoned for the murder of parents, niece

OMAHA, Neb. – A man suspected in a triple murder in Nebraska, who served prison time for killing his wife in 1998, was captured in west Tennessee on Wednesday, a day after his parents and niece were found dead in Omaha, authorities said.

John Dalton Jr., 46, was taken into custody by the U. S. Marshals Service without incident on Interstate 40 in Jackson, Tennessee, the agency told the Tennessee news station WBBJ-TV . The city is about 680 miles (1,094 kilometers southeast of Omaha.

Dalton was wanted on a first degree murder felony warrant for pictures of his parents, the 70-year-old John Dalton Sr. and the 65-year-old Jean Dalton, and his 18-year-old niece, Leonna Dalton-Phillip. The researchers said that they were killed Tuesday.

Court documents indicate John Dalton Jr. was initially charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife, Shannon, Dalton, in September 1998. After that shooting, Dalton fled to Tennessee, where he was captured a few days later, according to police.

He made a deal with prosecutors and was jailed in the fall of 1999, after pleading guilty to murder and other crimes. He was paroled in 2010.

His criminal record also includes convictions for delivery of cocaine, and leaving the scene of an accident, and the flight to avoid arrest in the early 1990s.

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