- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada jury decided that a 53-year-old man with a decades-long criminal past should be executed for the beating death of a Las Vegas man in 2009.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2eUPmr0 ) that Will Sitton made an obscene gesture toward jurors and said he’d been “railroaded” after the verdict was read Monday in Clark County District Court.

The jury earlier found Sitton guilty of punching, kicking and stomping on 68-year-old Brian Haskell, and leaving him unconscious in a northwest Las Vegas home.

Medical examiners said Haskell may have lived three days before dying. His body bore broken bones in his nose, ribs and spine.

The jury heard that Sitton had prior convictions for rape, attempted murder, attempted arson and driving under the influence.

Sitton’s girlfriend, Jacquie Schafer, 39, was found guilty with Sitton of robbery, burglary, conspiracy and forgery. But prosecutors didn’t seek the death penalty against her. She is scheduled for sentencing Jan. 11.

Sitton’s brother, Robert Sitton, 39, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2010 and testified at trial. He is due for sentencing Jan. 9.

Prosecutors said that after the Oct. 29, 2009, beating, Will Sitton and Schafer stole Haskell’s laptop and television, cashed several checks from his account, accessed his bank information and used his cellphone.

Schafer had been living with Haskell before he asked her to move out. She accused him of groping her in front of her daughter and physically attacked Haskell before the brothers beat him, prosecutors said.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com

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