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September 21, 2017

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Man gets 8-20 years in Las Vegas highway murder plot

A 40-year-old Nevada prison inmate has been sentenced to eight to 20 more years in the November 2012 shooting of his brother-in-law on Interstate 15.

Richard William Pearson's attorney, Josh Tomsheck, said Wednesday that his client was manipulated by others including his sister, Amy Denise Bessey, into plotting to kill Robert Bessey.

Pearson pleaded guilty in February to felony conspiracy and attempted murder.

He's currently serving one to five years in prison on a separate February 2012 grand larceny conviction.

Amy Bessey was sentenced in March to almost 14 years in state prison for conspiring with her brother and her son, Michael Bessey, to kill her estranged husband for $250,000 in insurance money.

Michael Bessey pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and attempted murder.

He's due for sentencing June 9.

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