July 31, 2014
YERINGTON, NV - Life in prison is the sentence for a man convicted of killing his grandmother.
A jury found James Masterson guilty of strangling 73-year-old Peggy Herlacher in 2010 in Silver Springs, then stealing her car and credit cards and driving to California with her body in the trunk, and burying her in the backyard of another relative.
The charges include first-degree murder, robbery, grand larceny and fraudulent use of a credit card.
Monday morning, a judge gave him life in prison with chance of parole after twenty years, but Masterson was also given at least five years on the robbery charge, plus extra time for larceny and fraudulent use of the credit card, and elder enhancements. That puts him in prison for more than 30 years before there's any chance of parole.