April 17, 2014
A California man has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to allegations that he intentionally plowed his car into a crowd on the Las Vegas Strip, killing three people and injuring 11.
The lawyer for 29-year-old Stephen M. Ressa says the plea was
Lawyer Joseph Abood says a deal was made with prosecutors to
avoid the death penalty.
Abood says instead his client would likely be sentenced to life in prison but will receive mental health treatment in prison.
Sentencing is scheduled for November.
Ressa told police shortly after the crash in September 2005 that he drove into a crowded sidewalk in front of the Paris and Bally's hotel-casinos because pedestrians were staring at him "like demons" and concealing weapons.