2 Sentenced To Prison In 'Diary Slaying' Of Las Vegas Man

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 32-year-old man is going to prison for 16 years to life, and a 25-year-old woman got 26 years to life in a 2006 torture slaying that the woman wrote about in graphic detail in a diary.

Joey Salas and Cassandra Thomas were sentenced this week after
being found guilty in April of second-degree murder and related charges in the gruesome slaying of Michael McClain at a southwest
Las Vegas home.

McClain's body was found in August 2006 at a Las Vegas construction site.

Authorities say he was bound to a wheelchair, beaten with a table leg and a baseball bat, stabbed in the skull with a screwdriver and a pencil, then hog-tied and dumped in the desert with duct tape over his mouth.

Trial is pending for a third defendant, Corey Pearce, 31, who remains held at the Clark County jail after pleading not guilty to a murder charge in the case.

Authorities found accounts of the slaying in Thomas' diary when she and Pearce were arrested in a stolen car in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., in June 2006.
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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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

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