A Washoe District Court judge has formally imposed the death sentence on a man convicted of raping and killing a Sparks teenager in her bedroom.
Judge Connie Steinheimer set the execution of Tamir Hamilton for the week of July 14, but that will be stayed with an automatic appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.
The 30-year-old Hamilton was convicted by a jury in March of raping and killing 16-year-old Holly Quick in 2006.
A friend of Quick's family, Hamilton went to her house one night
in September 2006 when her mother, Patricia Doss, was out on an
errand. Doss returned and went to bed, not knowing Hamilton was
She found her daughter the next morning in her bed with her throat slashed.
Hamilton was a family acquaintance.
The judge also sentenced Hamilton to two consecutive life prison terms for sexually assaulting the girl.
That sentence is to run consecutively to a life sentence he received for raping a university student weeks before killing Quick.
"I command you for imposition of the death penalty," Steinheimer told Hamilton. "Mr. Hamilton, may God rest your soul."
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