Ohlson pleads guilty to first-degree murder in shooting death of pregnant Driggs woman

February 15, 2019
Erik Ohlson plead guilty to first degree murder and voluntary manslaughter on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Jackson resident Erik Ohlson pleaded guilty in front of Judge Bruce Pickett today, Thursday, Feb. 14 at the Madison County Courthouse at 4:30 p.m., Teton County Prosecutor Billie Siddoway told the Teton Valley News.

Ohlson pled guilty to felony first-degree murder of Driggs resident Jennifer Nalley and to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter of the fetus Nalley was carrying.

Ohlson was scheduled to appear in Teton County on Friday for the change of plea, but due to weather and road conditions, the court appointment was moved once the highway opened out of Teton County.

A plea agreement between the Teton County Prosecutor’s Office and court-appointed defense attorneys Jim Archibald and John Thomas was reached with the prosecuting attorney agreeing to take the death penalty off the table. Ohlson will be scheduled to be sentenced by the judge at a later date.

Ohlson was arrested in July 2016 after he crashed his truck into an electrical pole on 2500 South, just three miles from Nalley’s cabin in Driggs where she lay dead from eight gun shot wounds suffered that same night, according to the Teton County Coroner’s report. Ohlson was arrested for a DUI and later confessed to killing Nalley. However, his confession was thrown out after the court determined that the Idaho State Police failed to provide legal counsel to Ohlson during the interrogation.

This story is developing and will be updated.