There’s a video Nancy Nalley took of her daughter Jennifer in 2015.

Jennifer Nalley is smiling at the camera. She twirls in a circle to show off her skirt suit before going to work.

Sometimes Nancy Nalley will watch the video just to remember her daughter’s voice. Her mannerisms. Her sense of humor when she cracks a joke just before the video ends about grabbing her fake goggles before heading off to work.

“I’ll watch it over and over,” Nancy Nalley said. “But if I watch too much it just hurts too much.”

Not a day goes by that Nalley doesn’t think about her only daughter’s murder.

It’s something that’s affected her mental and physical health, she says, and last week she felt those stresses resurface when she got news of her daughter’s killer appealing his sentence.

Jackson man Erik Ohlson, who’s serving 25 years for killing Jennifer Nalley in 2016, appealed his sentence and claims the district court abused its discretion in two ways.

Ohlson’s appellate attorneys say the Teton County (Idaho) District Court didn’t remove some comments from a presentence investigation report that it should have. His lawyers also claim the court abused its discretion by handing down an “excessive” sentence.

The appeal briefs were filed in the Idaho Supreme Court this week. Ohlson says he should have to serve only 10 years.

“Mr. Ohlson asserts that his life sentence, with 25 years fixed, entered upon his murder conviction, and his concurrent 15-year fixed sentence, entered upon his voluntary manslaughter conviction, are excessive,” the brief states.

The brief goes on to say that “the deaths of Ms. [Jennifer] Nalley and her unborn child are tragic and devastating.”

“The thought that those deaths occurred at the hands of Erik Ohlson is almost unfathomable to the people who know him best,” documents say.

Ohlson’s mom provided a letter that said her son was excited to become a dad.

“She described Mr. Ohlson as being a kind and gentle person, and while she recognized the need for punishment, Ms. Ohlson believed that society did not need to be protected from Mr. Ohlson until he became an old man,” the brief states.

In July 2016, Ohlson drove from his apartment in Jackson to Nalley’s Driggs, Idaho, cabin and shot her eight times, killing her.

Erik Ohlson hearing

Erik Ohlson

Nalley was an only child, and her parents feel that, if anything, Ohlson’s sentence is too lenient.

During years of court hearings Ohlson stayed mostly quiet. At sentencing, where he took a plea deal, he said, “I’m ashamed of myself, and I am ashamed of my actions, and I’m sorry that they’ve hurt and affected so many people.”

In the appeal briefs Ohlson’s attorneys say his real problem is alcohol.

“Mr. Ohlson recognizes that his alcohol use was a major issue leading to his incarceration,” they wrote.

The respondent’s brief is due Sept. 8.

It will likely be months before the Idaho Supreme Court provides a ruling.

In the meantime Nancy Nalley will cling to videos, photos and various memories of her daughter.

“I play her CD she made just to hear her sweet voice,” she said.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

(6) comments

Harry Niendorf

When in our country is life with 25 years minimum an excessive sentence for killing two people in the first degree. He should serve his entire life but our liberal views today ignore how this country was founded. Ohlson is evil and no parole board can ignore that.

David Weingart

If he's truly remorseful he'll shut up and serve his sentence. Maybe he can appeal for a leniency if he's been in for 15 years and been a model prisoner for all that time. (And if he doesn't get it, then he should shut up and continue to be a model prisoner).

NANCY NALLEY

you are right David ..He has NOT one Oz of remorse he said in a text or jail house phone ( recorded ) how crummy it was he only got an hour of pleasure out of killing my daughter ,,wish the thrill has been longer .OMG and he did text his girlfriend the real one that he couldn't wait to choke her breathe out of her lifer till she begged ...AND 8 hollow bullets in her back when she tried to escape . ,His Text Messages showed he planned for 6 weeks or more .He was a seasoned drinker .Drank everyday of his life .His girlfriend said in court they often talked about killing people and thought it was funny ...Have you ever done that we have not either OMG From a very sad Mother and Father for ever !

NANCY NALLEY

Why do they tell all the stuff he says and all the people who want him out have to say, and not some statements from letters and replies from those who want him to rot in jail? Why don't they tell the fact that Jennifer was pregnant and brutally murdered and trying to get away from him?? It seems like this article almost tries to tell the reader that this guy wanted his child and just goofed when he was drunk one night. He's really not a bad guy. Alcohol???? I have known plenty of people with alcohol issues in my life and NONE of them were murderers! I think this article is poorly written. I like the emphasis on you and how you are suffering, but I don't like all the comments from his mom and the thing about "people who know him best." How about some comments from people who knew Jennifer best???? Also, him realizing alcohol was to blame??? Nope. I friggin' don't buy it.

NANCY NALLEY

written BY a LONG time Friend post above

NANCY NALLEY

CUTE SWEET KIND HEART WONDERFUL YOUNG LADY A PHYSICIST AND MURDERED BY A VERY BAD BAD PIECE OF SCUM .A GUY WHO QUIT HIGH SCHOOL AND CUT GRASS FOR A JOB ..NOT A LOCAL ..TROUBLE WAS WHERE EVER HE WENT ... LIFE OR DEATH IS ALL HE SHOULD GET!!! IMAGINE IF IT WAS YOUR DAUGHTER OR SISTER .WANTS PEOPLE LIKE THIS ROAMING AROUND ????

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