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Strohmeyer Placed in Isolated Cell to Begin Term

October 23, 1998| From Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Jeremy Strohmeyer has been placed in administrative segregation at the Ely State Prison to begin serving a life sentence for killing a young girl in a Nevada casino.

Strohmeyer was not placed in the general inmate population, but in his own cell in a special secured section designed "for people who have security issues," Glen Whorton, chief of classification for the Nevada Department of Prisons, said Thursday.

Whorton said prison officials had not received any threats on Strohmeyer's life, but his safety was an issue in placing him in segregation when he was transferred from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on Monday.

"Obviously, this was a very notorious case, and we look at all of those cases in the sense we are not just there to keep people, but to keep them well, too," Whorton said. "It is sound correctional practice to be very careful about these high profile cases."

All prisoners who are sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, as in Strohmeyer's case, are sent to the state's maximum security prison at Ely, at least for the early portion of their sentence, Whorton said.

Strohmeyer, 20, of Long Beach, pleaded guilty Sept. 8 to the sexual assault and murder of 7-year-old Sherrice Iverson, of Los Angeles, in the Primm Valley hotel-casino at Primm, Nev.

He was sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole Oct. 14.

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