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Court Notes - Entry of Plea

The following are the court notes from Friday:

ENTRY OF PLEA (TITUS & RYAN)

Court NOTED the Supreme Court has denied the defendants’ Writ. FURTHER, following all-day negotiation discussions, Court stated the matter has resolved and NEGOTIATIONS are as contained in the Guilty Plea Agreements FILED IN OPEN COURT.

As to Defendant TITUS: DEFT. TITUS EXAMINED and PLED GUILTY to the AMENDED INDICTMENT FILED IN OPEN COURT CHARGING COUNT 1 - MURDER (SECOND DEGREE)(F), COUNT 2 - FIRST DEGREE KIDNAPPING (F) and COUNT 3 - FIRST DEGREE ARSON (F). COURT ACCEPTED plea and ORDERED, matter referred to the Division of Parole and Probation (P & P) and set for sentencing.

As to Defendant RYAN: DEFT. RYAN EXAMINED AND PLED GUILTY PURSUANT to the ALFORD DECISION to COUNT 1 - BATTERY WITH USE OF A DEADLY WEAPON RESULTING IN SUBSTANTIAL BODILY HARM (F) and GUILTY to COUNT 2 - FIRST DEGREE ARSON (F). Offer of Proof by Mr. Daskas reference Count 1. Court FINDS there is a sufficient factual basis as to Count 1, ACCEPTED plea and ORDERED, matter referred to the Division of Parole and Probation (P & P) and set for sentencing.

Trial date VACATED.

CUSTODY (TITUS & RYAN)

7/18/08 9:00 AM SENTENCING (TITUS & RYAN)

17 Responses to “Court Notes - Entry of Plea”

  1. Peter Says:

    Ryan seems to have gotten off easy. He actions too resulted in Melissa’s death. 2-15 years? Give both of them 25+ years.

  2. Old Time Fitness Competitor Says:

    oh, one more thing……what about anthony gross???

  3. shockandawe Says:

    Peter,
    I agree with you wholeheartedly - not about the length you specify but about time given in general. They leveraged Craig’s plea to reduce hers down to almost nothing.

    While both arson and battery are serious charges, they are nothing by comparison.

    To have gone from “first degree murder” to arson and battery resulting in severe bodily harm, using an Alford plea (not admitting guilt, but admitting that the state has enough evidence to convict you on that charge), seems very light indeed.

    I also wonder if the Alford attachment allows her to get off scot free at the civil trial? I imagine that was slipped in by Cristalli, and then subsequently approved by Maura James without her consulting with her civil attorney, to allow Kelly never to have to pay restitution if she is found guilty in a civil proceeding.

    Again, just because she pled this out, doesn’t mean she is not going to continue to be named in the civil proceeding. However, she will likely not face the same responsibility/ culpability in this matter because Kelly Ryan no longer has responsibility in the death of Melissa James.

    The Alford plea is now icing on the cake with all of it.

  4. Old Time Fitness Competitor Says:

    i live in colorado and here if you get 10 years you can get out in less than half that time. I think around 1/3 of that time. Is that the same in NV? I am kind of sicked that Kelly is getting off that easy. How much time does she really face?

  5. Old Time Fitness Competitor Says:

    shock,
    thanks got my answer from the previous post. i too will be sick if she walks. lets hope the judge has the sense to give her the max for participating in burning the body at least. Ugh……I would hope that if she gets out her career is over.

  6. Peter Says:

    In 3 years, Kelly Ryan will be working as a stripper. I think CT will get 25 years.

  7. Peter Says:

    Now Judge Glass has the opportunity to be, as CT dumbly put it, “mean”.

    KR tasered her. CT bodyslammed her and killed her. They’re both equally guilty as far as I’m concerned.

  8. Old Time Fitness Competitor Says:

    peter,
    well i hope kelly does more than 3 years for this. I hope the judge sees that. If ct gets 25 how much of it will he really have to do?

  9. Peter Says:

    Dear OTFC,

    Her lawyer is asking for, and I quote: “probation”. I agree with you - I too hope she gets at least 10. Time served means 7. Good behavior? Out in 3.5? KT? Well, in most states, you need to serve 85% of your sentence for 2nd degree murder. If CT gets 25, he’ll likely serve 17, minus time served. He’ll be 57 when he gets out. He’ll be broke forever in the USA if not because he’s a felon, but he’ll lose the Civil suit now of course. I suppose he could one day end up in Greece, where he wanted to escape in the first place.

    Philosophically, the worst is over for those two. Now CT can be let out of solitary, can mix in gen-pop, get a prison job and know there’s an end in site. KR will have a life and even sex again.

    But they’ll be forever outcasts.

    I am looking forward to the sentencing. Shock brought up some good points vis a vis the Civil case.

    P

  10. shockandawe Says:

    Peter,
    That’s about right, I would imagine. I often wonder though, how difficult it is for felons to blend back into life after heinous crimes and reduced sentences?
    CT will thrive in the gen-pop, no doubt - as he has now several times - and he knew Kelly wouldn’t.

    I still think it will be interesting to see if she will be able to visit him in prison, having been convicted of a felony.

    I wonder how long her religious affiliations with God will last? Will her family embrace her? Will they still all ski at Heavenly each winter? Will she ever be able to get her nails done again without thinking of the FBI raid? Will she still look in her glasses and wonder if there is morphine in them?

    So many questions….

  11. chainsaw Says:

    I have a feeling that Kelly is going to get off
    with probation.

    This has all been worked out in judges chambers.

  12. chainsaw Says:

    CT getting 1st degree kinapping as well as 2nd degree murder
    I bet means she’ll give him 25 for the 2nd degree murder and 10 or more
    for 1st degree kidnapping. Ct will have a chance to get out, but only
    when he’s 60 or 65 yrs old. He for sure won’t be out under 25.

  13. Old Time Fitness Competitor Says:

    Ok, well is she doesn’t get any additional time then what she has done I will puke. She will just blend back into society and eventually her participation in this will fade from the forefront. Other than not being able to get a job that requires a background check she will probably recover nicely I am afraid. If she is imune to the civil suit does that mean she can sell this story and make a profit?

  14. Old Time Fitness Competitor Says:

    PS. I guess this discussion board is about over. For all of you I have been talking to for the last couple years…….will miss ya!!!

    Pam

  15. Peter Says:

    Well, we can check in after sentencing!

  16. shockandawe Says:

    Don’t bet on probation for Kelly.

  17. Phil Says:

    Kelly’s not going home! There is no way!

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