Ms. Connolly’s Criminal Defense Verdicts
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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.
Not Guilty plea in Death Penalty Double Homicide Reversed
This was an appeal from an order denying a postconviction petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Norman Flowers’ petition was initially denied based on several factors. However, Ms. Connolly successfully argued that the district court erred in its decision. As a result, the judgment of the district court was reversed.
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:
- Click here to view the LVRJ Article from June 4, 2008
- Click here to view the LVRJ Article from Sept. 1, 2008
- Click here to view the LVRJ Article from Oct. 1, 2008
- Click here to view the LVRJ Article from Oct. 2, 2008
- Click here to view the LVRJ Article from March 7, 2009
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.