Man sent to prison for 20 years for slaying

A 19-year-old man who had pleaded guilty to killing a teen in a gang-related slaying was sentenced Thursday to 20 years to life.

District Judge Michelle Leavitt sentenced Jesus Rene Gonzalez for the killing of 17-year-old Hunter Lopez, who was shot to death on the 2400 block of Bonanza Road near Eastern Avenue in 2004.

Gonzalez, now a father of a toddler, told Leavitt he was sorry for the killing but was young and on drugs at the time of the killing.

“If I wasn’t on drugs I wouldn’t have done it,” he said through an interpreter.

Authorities said Gonzalez killed Lopez because the teen claimed to be in a rival gang.


Groups sue Reno over development plan

A coalition of groups has filed a lawsuit against the city of Reno’s designation of 29,000 acres north of its boundaries as a special planning area.

The groups, who advocate controlled growth, want to overturn a Regional Planning Commission decision that the “special planning area” designation complies with the regional plan.

Opponents argue the city is trying to take planning control over land it can’t reasonably expect to annex.

Planners are reviewing plans for building 12,500 homes in Winnemucca Ranch even though it’s 12 miles north of the nearest city boundary.


Reward in LV killing increases by $20,000

Funds have been raised by the Gritz Together Fund and the Family of Pierre Chaney to find the person responsible for Chaney’s death.

The reward has increased by $20,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Crime Stoppers already had offered $2,000.

Chaney was shot in the abdomen Feb. 9, 2006, and treated at North Vista Hospital where he later died.

Las Vegas police homicide detectives “have exhausted all leads on this case,” a news release states.


Mack motion should be denied, prosecutor says

The prosecutor in Darren Mack’s murder trial has urged a judge to reject the former pawnshop owner’s latest motion for a new trial.

In court documents, Special Prosecutor Christopher Lalli also accused Mack’s lawyer William Routsis of “egregious misconduct” for comments he made in hearings about other lawyers and the judge.

Judge Douglas Herndon has denied Mack’s efforts to withdraw pleas to killing his wife and shooting the couple’s divorce judge in June 2006.

He has set an April 15 hearing to consider the arguments again. Herndon in February sentenced Mack to life in prison with possible parole after 36 years.

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