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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 ...
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Victims of Sex Attacks Ask District Attorney Not to Further Prosecute Their Mothers

Four victims of sexual attacks delivered a letter to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson this week, asking him not ...
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Defense Attorney Refused to be Bullied by Judge

Defense attorney Kristina Wildeveld has asked for District Judge Douglas Smith to be removed from the case, citing previous conflicts and “an ...
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Law Used to Prosecute Juveniles as Adults Ruled Unconstitutional

Wildeveld said the court’s ruling gives elected judges the power to evaluate cases on their own merits before sending juveniles ...
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Notorious Pardons Cases

Teen who murdered a Kenmore native in 1998 is up for a pardon. His victim’s loved ones are outraged.

By The Law Offices of Kristina Wildeveld | June 11, 2020

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

By The Law Offices of Kristina Wildeveld | June 11, 2020

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

By The Law Offices of Kristina Wildeveld | June 11, 2020

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

By The Law Offices of Kristina Wildeveld | June 11, 2020

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

By The Law Offices of Kristina Wildeveld | June 11, 2020

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

By The Law Offices of Kristina Wildeveld | June 11, 2020