AB 116 rewrites 102 year-old law, opens family of convicted felons to accessory charges

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Updated: 5/07/2013 5:41 pm
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- News 4's fact finder team found a loophole in Nevada law that prevents family members from being charged as accessories to crimes - even murder.

A bill in the legislature this session could change that.

The issue came to light during Timothy Morgan's trial last May for murdering his brother in law Eric Preimesberger.

Morgan's sister Kristi - who was Preimesberger's wife - admitted to witnessing the murder and helping to hide it, but didn't face charges because the law said as his sister she couldn't be prosecuted.

Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson says that needs to change and has sponsored Assembly Bill 116, which would limit the exemptions to only spouses or domestic partners.

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MayraMM - 7/24/2013 10:23 AM
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As terrible as it was for Eric Preimesberger's family to live through this horrible ordeal, only to find that loophole, I'm glad they were able to alert the media and let them know about the law, so others wouldn't have to suffer like they did. Good catch on following their lead, News 4. Glad they were able to give you the tip.

rrball - 5/21/2013 3:31 PM
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an update on this bill is now it soon will be on the senate floor for a vote as today they had the 2nd reading of the bill, so now it needs to be reprinted and then have a 3rd reading and once that happens a vote will happen

rrball - 5/8/2013 12:09 PM
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yeah I can't believe there are some that want the law to stay as is, it's shameful that there a couple of groups compeltely opposing and one of those groups there arm in the northern half of the state is in Reno, where the story has had maximum coverage and yet they oppose it

MayraMM - 5/7/2013 9:51 PM
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Too bad it's not retroactive. Instead of sitting in jail, Kristi is out enjoying the insurance money, which was why SHE killed Eric in the first place. Nevada ought to be ashamed of themselves. An innocent man is in jail for a crime committed by his sister (his crime was trying to take the rap for her in the misguided belief it would benefit the children), and you all quibble about an antiquated law that should have been taken off the books decades ago. Unbelievable! This law needs to change so the Kristi's still out there won't benefit from a crime they committed.
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