Frederick Mendoza – White, age 61

Sentenced in Clark County, Nevada
By: a jury
Date of crime: March 3, 2007
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Mendoza sexually assaulted, and stabbed Rita Kremberg (age 68) 18 times before slitting her throat with a steak knife. Defense pointed out the Mendoza has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from serving in Vietnam.
Sources: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) 11/26/08 (2008 WLNR 22677114)

Thomas Richardson – White, age 38

Sentenced in Clark County, Nevada
By: a judge upon jury recommendation
Date of crime: September 7, 2005
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Richardson beat to death Estelle Feldman (age 91), and her grandson Steven Folker (age 43) with a claw hammer. Richardson beat them during a robbery. Richardson spoke at his own sentencing and apologized for his actions. The defense argued that the testimony that was used to convict Richardson was not sufficiently corroborated by physical evidence and that he should not have been found guilty.
Sources: AP Alert 09/02/09 – CA 17:28:12; Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) 09/02/09 (2009 WLNR 17191311), 09/03/09 (2009 WLNR 17268121).