LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas fire fighter and US.. Military Academy graduate was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole plus more than 30 years for enlisting a homeless ex-convict handyman to bludgeon his estranged wife to death with a claw hammer in September 2012.
Clark County District Court Judge Eric Johnson said he saw “pure evil” in little details of George Miguel Tiaffay’s scheme to have Noel Scott Stevens stalk and kill Shauna Tiaffay as she returned home from her night shift as a cocktail server in the Palms Casino Hotel
The judge remembered that testified that Tiaffay to use a fiberglass wooden hammer might break during the strike. , hammer because a him assured him $5,000 for the killing and told.
Stevens ended up using a wooden hammer, along with the handle did break. But Stevens told the jury he kept striking the metal hammer head against Shauna Tiaffay until she eventually stopped going.
George Tiaffay was at work at time. He’d the couple’s 8- year old daughter with him when he arrived the following morning to discover the bloody body of Shauna Tiaffay, and phoned 911
Testimony revealed he furnished Stevens having a key to the flat of Shauna Tiaffay, and jurors saw shop video of Stevens and George Tiaffay collectively purchasing a hammer, dark clothing, knife and gloves several weeks prior to the slaying
Prosecutors said Stevens had no motivation but George Tiaffay was upset that his wife incensed that she might get his cash and wanted a divorce.
Tiaffay’s life-without-parole sentence for first-degree murder was decided by the jury. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty because the assault wasn’t committed by Tiaffay.
The judge tacked for robbery, burglary and conspiracy, totaling four months and 32 years, court records show
Robert Langford, Tiaffay’s defense attorney, assured later to appeal
Stevens, 40, a four-time convicted felon, faces at least 21 years in prison at sentencing Jan. 7. When he testified that he does not expect to get out of prison, he explained.
George Tiaffay did not testify. Authorities testified that Stevens was phoned by Tiaffay 87 times before the slaying in the month — their relationship was over nearly as numerous times as he phoned the wife who’d told him.
With authorities shutting in days following the slaying, his Ford F-250 pick-up crashed into concrete retaining wall at more than 80 miles per hour. Prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo indicated the crash proved to be a botched effort by Tiaffay prevents prosecution and to kill him.