December 10, 1994 |
Three appellate justices took testimony Friday on a possible pre-Christmas release for Ellie Nesler, the Sonora woman convicted of killing her son's alleged molester in a courtroom. The justices took the case under advisement after a 40-minute hearing. They are expected to issue a written ruling by the end of the month, said court clerk Kevin A. Swanson.
November 4, 1994 |
Citing Ellie Nesler's ill health, the state Supreme Court told a lower court Wednesday to consider releasing her on bail while she appeals her manslaughter conviction for the courtroom shooting of her son's alleged molester. Nesler, 41, was found to have breast cancer after her conviction in Tuolumne County Superior Court last year in a trial that captured nationwide attention. She was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1994
Daniel Driver was convicted of child molestation in 1983 and served three months in jail for this heinous crime. Ellie Nesler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter of a convicted child molester and was sentenced to 10 years in prison (Jan. 8). Ten years for executing the molester of her young son, and incidentally, protecting other children from this most vile of criminals who undoubtedly would again have been released by our "justice system." If our justice system did its job, mothers protecting children would not have to do executions.
January 12, 1994 |
Ellie Nesler, serving a 10-year sentence for gunning down her son's accused molester, has sold her rights for a TV movie that will depict her life and sensational crime, but it is unclear if she will actually pocket any of the money. A state prosecutor said Nesler's $110,000 movie deal with two well-known Hollywood producers may violate a California law prohibiting convicted felons from profiting from their crimes.
January 8, 1994 |
A Tuolumne County judge sentenced Ellie Nesler to 10 years in prison Friday for gunning down her son's accused molester in court last spring, calling the killing an execution showing a "high-degree of viciousness." Nesler, 41, who has breast cancer, showed no emotion as Superior Court Judge William G. Polley pronounced what is considered a "midterm sentence." She faced a maximum 16 years. She will be eligible for parole in five years. Polley granted Nesler 15 minutes with her two children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1993 |
Sentencing for Ellie Nesler, the Sierra foothills woman who fatally shot her son's accused molester in a courtroom, was delayed Friday to allow her to undergo treatment for newly diagnosed breast cancer. Nesler, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter, will be sentenced Jan. 7 and could face up to 16 years in prison. Prosecutors have called for the maximum to send a message that violence in pursuit of vengeance will not be tolerated.
September 30, 1993 |
Six weeks after finding Ellie Nesler guilty of voluntary manslaughter, a Tuolumne County jury declared Wednesday that she was legally sane when she entered a courtroom last spring and gunned down a shackled defendant charged with molesting her son. The decision means that the 41-year-old Nesler--whose arrest touched off a nationwide reaction, mostly in her defense--could face up to 16 years in prison. She remains free while awaiting sentencing Oct. 29.
September 24, 1993 |
A jury deliberated a second day Thursday without reaching a verdict on whether Ellie Nesler was sane when she opened fire in a courtroom and killed a shackled man accused of molesting her son. Nesler, 41, convicted by the same jurors of voluntary manslaughter, faces from six months in custody if found insane and up to 16 years in prison if jurors decide she was sane when she shot Daniel Mark Driver during an April 2 hearing in Jamestown.
September 23, 1993 |
The fate of Ellie Nesler, the woman who gunned down her son's alleged molester in a Jamestown courtroom, was in a jury's hands for the second time Wednesday. The same jurors that last month convicted Nesler, 41, of voluntary manslaughter began deliberations on her sanity after closing arguments from opposing lawyers. Nesler shot Daniel Mark Driver on April 2 at a court hearing to determine whether he should stand trial on charges that he molested her son and three other boys at a summer camp.
September 10, 1993 |
Ellie Nesler, convicted of manslaughter in the courtroom shooting of her son's alleged molester, claims that psychiatrists covered up for a state senator who molested her years ago. Nesler did not name her alleged molester in court, but state Sen. Patrick Johnston issued a statement Wednesday in response to the accusation. He denied the allegation but acknowledged he had been Nesler's probation officer when she was a teen-ager.