Las Vegas man ordered to spend rest of his life in jail – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Posted: October 24, 2021 at 12:12 pm

A Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to killing three people in 2016 was ordered Friday to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Alonso Perez, 30, was sentenced Friday in five separate cases stemming from a series of crimes, including the three killings, robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon, grand larceny and conspiracy.

Although prosecutors stopped pursuing the death penalty for Perez in exchange for the guilty pleas he made in August, prosecutor Michael Schwartzer said Perez still represents the worst of the worst of criminals.

This is an individual that murdered three individuals in a two-week span, Schwartzer said. And it wasnt from a lack of trying.

District Judge Tierra Jones sentenced Perez to three back-to-back life terms without the possibility of parole for the killings of 31-year-old Mohammed Robinson, 50-year-old Jeffrey Johnson and 37-year-old Candelario Duran.

After Perez was arrested in connection with Robinsons death, he escaped from the North Las Vegas Police Department detective bureau by snapping his handcuffs in half, standing on a chair, shifting a ceiling tile and hoisting himself into a crawlspace.

He then drove away in a rental truck that had been left outside the building with its engine running, but he was recaptured within days.

About three hours after Robinson was killed on Aug. 27, 2016, Perez shot Johnson, police have said. Johnson and his wife had driven to a friends house on his motorcycle, and when they arrived, they spotted a man in the friends yard. Johnsons wife got off the motorcycle, and when Johnson approached the man he was shot in the head at least twice.

There was just no reason to kill him, Johnsons wife, Amy Johnson, said Friday in between sobs. He didnt say anything to him, he didnt do anything to him.

At least one of the bullet casings collected at the scene of Johnsons slaying matched casings found in Robinsons shooting, a police report at the time stated. Shells also were linked to a pair of separate shootings, including the one that left Duran dead, that same month.

Perez did not make a statement during Fridays hearing, but Alzora Jackson, one of his defense attorneys, told the judge he had taken responsibility for his crimes.

He wanted me to say to the people that he harmed: He has no words, Jackson said. This is all that he can do, and he has done that with great humility and great respect.

Selene Duran, Candelario Durans daughter, told the judge there were no excuses for Perezs actions.

Nothing is going to bring my father back, she said. And I dont forgive. He didnt have sympathy, I dont have sympathy either.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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