Ms. Connolly’s Criminal Defense Verdicts
NEWS UPDATE: Attorney Karen Connolly is currently representing Las Vegas illusionist Jan Rouven against child pornography charges. Read about the case here.
If you are charged with a crime in Las Vegas, Nevada, you need an attorney with a record of NOT GUILTY verdicts. Through her skill and hard work, Ms. Connolly has secured reversals in five (5) murder cases.
Plea Deal Reached in Double Murder
Mr. Acosta was charged with 2 counts of first degree murder with use of a deadly weapon. He was facing the rest of his life in prison on both counts with no chance of parole, if convicted. Karen Connolly was one of his attorneys. On the eve of trial, a plea deal to the significantly reduced ONE COUNT of second degree murder with use of a deadly weapon was secured for Mr. Acosta.
Career ending Felonies reduce to Misdemeanors
In October, 2017, Karen Connolly’s client, was charged with 4 felony counts of Child Abuse and Neglect; and 2 felony/gross misdemeanor counts of Attempting, Preventing of Dissuading a Witness or Victim from Reporting a Crime or Commencing Prosecution. Ms. Connolly successfully negotiated a reduction of all 6 charges, which would otherwise have been career ending for her client, down to 2 misdemeanors.
Ex-Las Vegas illusionist Jan Rouven wants to drop child-porn plea
NEWS UPDATE: Attorney Karen Connolly is representing Las Vegas illusionist Jan Rouven. The article below was originally published by Review Journal by David Ferrara | Friday, December 29th 2017 Former Strip illusionist Jan Rouven wants to back out of his plea to federal child pornography charges, but a judge said Friday that she first needs […]
Las Vegas illusionist arrested for child porn may ask to take back guilty plea
NEWS UPDATE: Attorney Karen Connolly is representing Las Vegas illusionist Jan Rouven. The article below was originally published by News3lv.com. by Craig Fiegener | Thursday, May 11th 2017 LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — Las Vegas illusionist Jan Rouven may ask a federal judge to take back his guilty plea on child pornography charges. Rouven, who […]
Guilty Plea Reversed
In the case of State v. Flowers, Karen A. Connolly represented Mr. Flowers on post-conviction relief after he unsuccessfully tried to withdraw his guilty plea to two counts of first degree murder and waived his appeal in another case. Ms. Connolly was his third lawyer and was able to accomplish what his prior counsel were unable to do – convince the court that he should be able to withdraw his plea. Mr. Flowers’ plea was set aside and he will now proceed to Trial. (March 2018)
Murder Conviction Reversed
Mauricio Melendez was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife. He received a sentence of 40 years to life in prison. He appealed his conviction to the Nevada Supreme Court, it was denied. Ms. Connolly represented him on post-conviction relief. She successfully proved that her client’s constitutional rights had been violated; that he had received ineffective assistance of counsel at trial. As a result, Mr. Melendez’ conviction was reversed.
Convictions Reversed: Felony Case
A jury convicted Christopher Carter of 25 felonies including multiple robberies and burglaries with use of a deadly weapon. Karen A. Connolly was his appellate lawyer. She argued to the Nevada Supreme Court that Carter’s Miranda rights had been violated and that his multiple convictions should be thrown out. The Nevada Supreme Court agreed, Carter’s convictions were reversed and his sentence was vacated.
NOT CONVICTED: Kidnapping
When Clarence Ragland was charged with Sexual Assault of a Minor and First Degree Kidnapping, Karen A. Connolly was his lawyer. The defendant was not convicted.
Reduced Murder Sentence
Francisco Lerma was charged with having committed two separate murders. In the first case, Karen A. Connolly secured a complete dismissal of all charges. In the second murder case, the State was seeking the death penalty. Ms. Connolly and her co-counsel secured for Mr. Lerma a plea deal to the significantly reduced charge of second-degree murder. Mr. Lerma who was facing the death penalty may now reclaim his freedom after serving only 10 years in prison.
Death Sentence Avoided
Joseph Regala was convicted of First Degree Murder. The prosecution tried to convince the jury that he should be sentenced to death and executed. Karen A. Connolly was one of the lawyers who convinced the jury that death was not the appropriate punishment for Mr. Regala and thereby saved his life.
NOT GUILTY: Murder
Mike Stone went to trial for First Degree Murder. Karen A. Connolly was one of his lawyers. The verdict was NOT GUILTY.
Murder Conviction Overturned
After Geovanny Torres was convicted of first degree murder and sent to prison for life, Karen A. Connolly took over his case. Ms. Connolly not only got the conviction overturned, she secured for Mr. Torres his release and freedom. To follow the case as documented by the Las Vegas Review Journal, click the links below:
Murder Confession Thrown Out
Victor Valencia was charged with First Degree Murder. He gave a video taped confession to the police. Karen A. Connolly successfully argued that his constitutional rights had been violated and the confession was thrown out.
Death Sentence Overturned
After Steve Kaczmerack was convicted of First Degree Murder and was sentenced to death, Karen A. Connolly saved his life. Due to her advocacy the State agreed to remove him from death row.
Life Sentence Reduced to 8 Years
Michael Smith was charged with a slew of crimes including First Degree Premeditated, Deliberate, and Murder. He was facing life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ms. Connolly negotiated a deal for him which could result in his release after serving only eight years in prison.
Multiple Murder Convictions Reversed
Karen Connolly represented Terrel Young and got his four murder convictions reversed by the Nevada Supreme Court.
NOT GUILTY: Drug Trafficking
Joanne Campbell went to trial in Federal Court on charges of Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering. Karen A. Connolly was her lawyer, the verdict was NOT GUILTY.
Dismissal of Charges: Drug Possession
Ms. Connolly’s client was arrested and charged with drug possession. She not only obtained a complete dismissal of all charges, she also secured the return of the seized marijuana.