Confessed Casino Child Killer Loses Federal Appeal
LAS VEGAS -- Confessed child killer Jeremy Strohmeyer has lost a federal court bid for a new trial in the May 1997 rape and slaying of a 7-year-old girl in a southern Nevada casino.
Strohmeyer claimed in U.S. District Court that he was denied constitutional rights and coerced into confessing in 1998 that he raped and strangled Sherrice Iverson of Los Angeles. Strohmeyer has lost several previous state court appeals.
Nevada Attorney General George Chanos issued a statement Wednesday casting the slaying in a Primm casino as a thrill killing and hailing the Jan. 10 ruling by Judge Robert C. Jones in Las Vegas.
Chanos said Strohmeyer's pleas were "knowing, voluntary, and intelligent" and made in exchange for prosecutors dropping plans to seek the death penalty.
"Strohmeyer confessed to police that he had killed and sexually assaulted the child because he 'wanted to experience death,"' the state attorney general said.
Strohmeyer, now 27, is serving four life terms at Lovelock Correctional Center.
Jones, who said there was sufficient evidence of Strohmeyer's guilt, upheld state court rulings that Strohmeyer was provided effective counsel.
Prosecutors said Strohmeyer, of Long Beach, Calif., was seen on casino security videos following Iverson into a restroom where the murder occurred. Strohmeyer's DNA was found on a cigarette butt in the stall where the girl's body was found.
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected a 2001 appeal by Strohmeyer to cancel his guilty plea.
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