Judge OKs $1.4M settlement for wrongful murder conviction
Former Nevada inmate awarded $1.35M for wrongful conviction
Alpine Motel owner defense investigator in contempt of court
Full pardon for 1st felon hired by Nevada corrections department
Notorious Pardons Cases
Teen who murdered a Kenmore native in 1998 is up for a pardon. His victim’s loved ones are outraged.
Twenty-one years ago, Salvatore Zendano Jr. went to the aid of a fellow bartender who was pistol-whipped during a holdup in their Las Vegas restaurant when the Kenmore native was shot to death. He was 25. Family and friends still mourn the loss of the fun-loving football and baseball player, goofy karaoke singer and friend…
Legislature to consider changes in sentencing of juveniles
A teen takes a life. The district attorney decides to try him as an adult. A jury finds him guilty. Should he be sent to prison for the rest of his life without a chance for parole or eventually given a second chance?
Sisolak proposes broad pardon for people with low-level marijuana offenses
Gov. Steve Sisolak tested the waters Wednesday on whether members of a state board would issue a blanket pardon for people convicted of marijuana offenses, such as low-level possession, that are now legal. Sisolak brought the idea up at a meeting of the Board of Pardons Commissioners. The panel, which includes the governor and members…
Nevada board pardons Hope for Prisoners founder
Jon Ponder, an ex-convict who now spends his days helping former inmates transition back into civilian life, was granted clemency by the state Pardons Board on Wednesday for past battery convictions. The pardon, which was approved unanimously by the board members present, clears Ponder’s record of the domestic battery crimes he was convicted of in…
Man Declared “Factually Innocent” of Murder is Granted a Full Pardon
A Nevada man who spent 21 years in prison has been pardoned over the objections of Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. Fred Steese was convicted in 1995 of the 1992 murder of Gerard Soules, a former trapeze artist who performed a poodle act at the Circus Circus Casino in Las Vegas. Steese, who had briefly been…
Accused murder mastermind Frank LaPena granted pardon
A onetime Las Vegas casino bell captain who spent 25 years in prison as the accused mastermind in a notorious 1974 contract murder won his last legal battle for freedom Wednesday when the state Pardons Board granted him a conditional pardon restoring all his civil rights.