Henderson Man Sentenced For Ely Killings

ELY, Nev. (AP) - A Henderson man has been sentenced to at least
60 years in prison for the January 2005 shooting deaths of two people in Ely.

26-year-old Isaac Asusta will not become eligible for parole until he is 86 years old under the sentence imposed Oct. 30 in district court.

Under a plea agreement, Asusta earlier pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the deaths of Frankie Coca and Melody Hawkins.

The plea bargain took the death penalty away as an option for the murders that prosecutors said began with a drug deal gone bad.

Asusta blamed methamphetamine abuse and sleep deprivation for the killings.

He was arrested in Mexico nearly two years after the killings.

The 35-year-old victims were shot multiple times with a .45-caliber handgun.
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Information from: Ely Times, http://www.elynews.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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