August 9, 2009 by Asianews
Filed under World News
An emotional judge sentenced a former Reno pawn shop owner to life in prison on Friday for killing his wife and shooting the judge who was handling their bitter divorce.
District Judge Douglas Herndon sentenced Darren Mack to a minimum of 36 years in prison before issuing a tearful plea for reconciliation among the families involved on behalf of Mack’s daughter.
Mack, 46, pleaded guilty in November to murder in the June 2006 stabbing death of his wife, Charla, and the equivalent of no contest to attempted murder in the same-day sniper-style shooting of Family Court Judge Chuck Weller. Weller, who was struck by fragments of a bullet, shot through a window at the Washoe County courthouse, has recovered from his wounds.