Man gets 34 years for killing Filipino-American ex-girlfriend
The accused's lawyer claimed his client acted under the effects of an antidepressant
An American man was sentenced to 34 years in jail after he was convicted of murdering his Filipino-American ex-girlfriend in Las Vegas.
On August 3 last year, Makayla Rhiner, 21, was found dead by her boyfriend and mother in the garage of her apartment on the 8000 block of West Russell Road, near Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas media reported. Brandon Hanson, Rhiner’s ex-boyfriend, was arrested a week later for having allegedly stabbed Rhiner to death.
He was later charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon, burglary and robbery. He was also accused of damaging a car that belonged to Rhiner’s boyfriend and mother. Prior to the murder case, he and Rhiner had dated for about three months while attending classes at the College of Southern Nevada. They broke up in June 2017.
Hanson stalked Rhiner, damaged her car and then entered her house with a hunting knife, said Judge Douglas Herndon.
Hanson’s lawyer claimed the accused was suffering from severe depression and was under the effects of antidepressant medication. Prosecutors, however, asserted that the murder was clearly planned. They said Hanson had threatened to kill himself if Rhiner left him and at one point claimed, untruthfully, that he had cancer in an attempt to make her stay with him.
On June 15 this year, Hanson was found guilty of the charges, Fox5Vegas reported. On August 7, he was sentenced to 34 years in jail.