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Nissensohn found guilty

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From page A1 | November 04, 2013 | 2 Comments

Eric Heinz
eheinz@tahoedailytribune.com

Joseph Michael Nissensohn, 62, could be sentenced to death after being convicted Thursday of three counts of first-degree murder.

Nissensohn will be sentenced Nov. 12 in El Dorado County Superior Court in South Lake Tahoe.

Nissensohn was charged with the murder of 15-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident Kathy Graves in 1989 and the 1981 murders of 13-year-old Tammy Jarschke and 14-year-old Tanya Jones in Seaside, Calif.

He had already served 15 years for second-degree murder in Washington state prior to his Thursday conviction.

Due to California’s special circumstance laws, because Nissensohn was found guilty of multiple murders and convicted of murder once before, he is eligible for the death penalty.

He waived the second deliberation to have the jury decide whether his ex-wife, Cheryl Rose, was an accomplice in the murders. Rose implicated Nissensohn in the three murders shortly after his first sentence ended.

She died in 2011 in Ocala, Fla., according to court documents.

The jury trial has been ongoing since May, and the jury had deliberated for three days since Oct. 24.

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  • 1036-FrankNovember 04, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    It is scary that this predator, who has already been convicted of murder before this trial, was set to be released in 2008 after serving a short few years. This was a serial killer who traveled around killing young women and it should be noted this was a tough circumstantial case for the most part with a large cast of characters and several witnesses were dead and of course the defense blaming the others for the crimes. Good work by the jury here and the DA's office in this case.

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  • Penny JarschkeNovember 06, 2013 - 7:09 am

    I agree Frank...I am Tammy's mother, and could not be more delighted in the verdicts. Dale Gomes, the Prosecuting D.A. did a wonderful job, as did the jurors, and everybody involed. I am sure I would be leaving somebody out, if I did try to thank everybody, there are so many people who made this all possible. My family and me, are so happy, and can continue now...as we will know, Nissensohn, will never ever, hurt anyone ever again. He has destroyed and taken so many innocent lives, just to satisfy his evilness. This is just the beginning of his troubles, and the end of him, for us. The thought of this excruciatingly disturbed individual, is behind us now, as we try to move forward, and put our lives back together. We all want to express how thankful we all are. God Bless You all, Penny

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