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Hitman sentenced in Las Vegas murder case

  • Noel Scott Stevens has been sentenced to 42 years to life in Nevada state prison for bludgeoning a Las Vegas cocktail waitress to death with a claw hammer in a murder-for-hire plot arranged by the woman’s firefighter husband. (Clark County Detention Center via AP, File)

LAS VEGAS » A 40-year-old ex-convict has been sentenced to 42 years to life in Nevada state prison for bludgeoning a Las Vegas cocktail waitress to death with a claw hammer in a murder-for-hire plot arranged by the woman’s firefighter husband.

Noel Scott Stevens was sentenced Thursday in Clark County District Court.

He was a four-time convicted felon and homeless handyman from California who pleaded guilty in January 2013 to murder, conspiracy, burglary and robbery in the September 2012 slaying of Shauna Tiaffay.

Stevens said when he testified that George Miguel Tiaffay enlisted him for the plot, and that he didn’t expect he’d ever get out of prison.

A jury found George Tiaffay guilty of orchestrating the slaying, and he was sentenced last month to life in prison without parole.

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