Belleville Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Jessica’s Law Charge


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BELLEVILLE – (April 9, 2018) – A Belleville man was sentenced today to life in prison for rape of a person under 14 years of age, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Jose Ines Cuellar, 52, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years for one count of rape. The defendant will also serve lifetime parole and post release supervision. Cuellar pleaded no contest to the charge in February. The charge falls under Jessica’s Law, because the victim was under 14 years of age. Judge Kim W. Cudney presided over the sentencing in Republic County District Court.

The crime was committed in August 2017. The charge stemmed from an investigation by the Republic County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant Attorney General Will Manley and Acting Deputy Attorney General Melissa Johnson of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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