Tuesday, July 8, 2008

HANS REISER: LET'S DEAL, AND I'LL TELL WHERE I HID MY WIFE'S BODY

Hans Reiser, right, and his attorney, William Du Bois, listen during a hearing in this March 9, 2007, file photo, in Oakland, Calif.(Laura A Oda, File, Pool/AP Photo)


This 1999 California DMV photo shows Nina Reiser. A California software programmer convicted of killing his estranged wife, Nina Riser, has led police to a corpse that is believed to be hers. An attorney for Hans Reiser said his client led police to a wooded area of Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland hills. (AP Photo/DMV photo via The Oakland Tribune) (AP)


Reiser takes plea deal for lesser sentence
By Chris Metinko and Harry Harris
Oakland Tribune / Article Launched: 07/08/2008 04:52:48 PM PDT

OAKLAND — The skeletal remains found Monday in the Oakland Hills were positively identified Tuesday as those of Nina Reiser, and her estrange husband and convicted killer could be looking at a lesser sentence after leading authorities to her body.

Authorities located the body of the missing woman late Monday afternoon after Hans Reiser agreed to a deal with the Alameda County's District Attorney's Office to give up the location of the body in exchange for a second-degree murder conviction.

In April, the 44-year-old software engineer was found guilty of first-degree murder, which carries a 25-years-to-life prison sentence. For second-degree murder, those convicted face a 15-years-to-life term.

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Hora said the decision to strike a deal was made in conjunction with Nina's family's wishes.

"This wouldn't have happened without the support and desire of Nina's family," Hora said.

At the news conference, police confirmed that the remains had been positively identified through dental records as those of Nina Reiser, 31, who was last seen alive September 2006.

Hora said it was important to Nina's family that her remains be located, so they could choose her final resting place, not her killer. Since the body has been located, he said the family, who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, won't have to go through a lengthy appeal process or hear rumors about sightings of Nina Reiser.

NOT A SPOONFUL OF JUSTICE HERE! THOUGH I UNDERSTAND THE DESIRE TO HAVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE RETURNED.

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