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Posted: Monday, December 22, 2008 12:00 am

LINCOLN – Attorney General Jon Bruning said 35-year-old Herchel Huff remains in the Furnas County jail after a Dawson County District Court judge set a new bond during a hearing Wednesday. 

Huff is accused of killing 28-year-old Kasey Jo Warner. 

Huff was allegedly intoxicated when his car struck Warner as she was jogging with her 3-year-old daughter on a country road, near Arapahoe on Oct. 3, 2007. 

Warner pushed her daughter out of the way at the last second. 

The toddler survived, but her mother did not.  

“No break will be given.  No deal will be made,” said Bruning. “We’re sickened by Mr. Huff and his crimes and our intent is to see him behind bars for a long time.”

The judge revoked Huff’s original bond because he was in violation and set a new bond of $2 million cash. 

Huff remains in the Furnas County jail.

Mr. Huff pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He’s also charged with motor vehicle homicide while driving while intoxicated, tampering with a witness and refusal to submit to a chemical test. 

He pleaded not guilty to those three charges.

Manslaughter is a class III felony with a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a $25,000 fine or both.

Motor vehicle homicide is a class II felony with a penalty of up to 50 years in prison.

Tampering with a witness is a class IV felony with a penalty of up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Refusing to submit to a chemical test is a class IIIA felony with a penalty of up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Assistant Attorney General Mike Guinan and Furnas County Attorney Tom Patterson are handling the case.

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