News

Nevada teen admits fatal beating of homeless man

Font size

Posted: Jun 30, 2010 1:18 PM
Source: Associated Press

  Rating: 0.0 (0 votes)

Topics: Nevada, teenager, homeless, Reno, James Pineda, murder, Eric Burkhart, Sparks High School, Washoe County Jail, WBRZ

A Nevada teenager has admitted he fatally beat and stomped a homeless man in Reno after stealing $6 from the victim, along with some beer, cigarettes and a small radio.

James Pineda faces 10 years to life in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Eric Burkhart.

Pineda was a 15-year-old student at Sparks High School when he says his aunt made him attack the man at a homeless camp last July.

Pineda remains in the Washoe County Jail without bail.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 24.

Prosecutors say the death stemmed from a scam.

They say Pineda and his aunt tricked the victim into thinking he owed them money because he ruined teen's stereo speakers by urinating on them.

comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular