Henderson man gets life in prison in beating death of mother

A 53-year-old Henderson man was sentenced to life in prison for beating his mother to death in 2009.

The same Clark County jury that convicted Richard Kravetz of first-degree murder and other charges sentenced him to the life prison term on Thursday.

Sarah Kravetz was taken to a hospital in November 2009 with a massive head wound. The 88-year-old died weeks later.

Richard Kravetz told authorities she had fallen.

But Sarah Kravetz lived long enough to tell her other son, Russell Taylor, that “Richard ‘beat the hell out of her,’” according to court documents.

Taylor testified against Richard Kravetz at a week-long trial before District Judge David Barker.

During a penalty hearing, prosecutors told the jury Kravetz had a history of domestic violence and other convictions dating back to the 1990s.

Richard Kravetz maintained his innocence but did ask the jury for leniency.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Mercer said afterwards she was very pleased with the verdict.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@review journal.com or 702-380-1039.