- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of a Carson City man sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for striking and killing a teenager with a minivan.

The three-justice panel determined Monday that Leonardo Cardoza should get a new trial because his trial judge failed to give the proper jury instruction defining the elements of first-degree murder.

Cardoza had been sentenced in 2014 for the death of 19-year-old Desiree Bragg, who was killed in her driveway.

Cardoza’s attorneys argued their client was too drunk the night of the killing to be capable of premeditated murder. The justices agreed, saying Cardoza’s behavior after he struck the victim was not emblematic of a deliberate murder.

District Attorney Jason Woodbury says he’ll ask the full seven-member Supreme Court to review the decision.

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