July 25, 2014
A California man charged with intentionally plowing his car into a crowd on the Las Vegas Strip has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Stephen M. Ressa, 29, pleaded not guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder and attempted murder charges in the September 2005 crash that killed three and injured 11.
His lawyer says the sentence was part of a plea deal made with
prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.
Ressa's sentence ensures that he will receive mental health treatment in prison.
He told police shortly after the crash 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.
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