- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - An 80-year-old Reno man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting he fatally stabbed his wife two years ago and was convicted of first-degree murder.

Washoe District Judge Elliott Sattler sentenced Daniel Pancake to life in prison Friday for the November 2014 death of 54-year-old Janice Gannon. He’ll be eligible for parole, but not until he has served a minimum of 28 years.

Public defender James Leslie argued for a lesser sentence. But prosecutor Amos Stege cited Pancake’s lake of remorse and the fact the couple’s 11-year-old son gave a police dispatcher a detailed account of the attack as it was happening.

Before police arrived at their apartment in south Reno, the boy told the dispatcher his father cut himself and walked outside to meet the officers.

Pancake pleaded guilty in September.


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