April 27, 2001 |
The grandson of a prominent Hollywood facial-peel entrepreneur was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the Mexican capital and sentenced to nearly 24 years in prison, officials said. Joseph Pantuso, 59, was convicted in the December 1997 death of an elderly man whom he was treating with the same cosmetic process that his grandmother made famous in the 1950s, when she treated stars such as Gloria Swanson.
July 17, 2001 |
The grandson of a famed Hollywood cosmetologist was on the verge of freedom Monday after an appeals court overturned his first-degree murder conviction and substituted a far less serious charge. In April, Joseph Pantuso was found guilty of murdering a 76-year-old patient while administering a chemical facial-peel treatment at Pantuso's Mexico City home. The trial judge ruled that Pantuso poisoned and strangled George Arnold, a prominent Las Vegas show producer.
April 26, 2001 |
For nearly two decades, Joseph Pantuso ran the facial-peel business that his grandmother made famous in Hollywood in the 1950s, when she treated stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Gloria Swanson. Now Pantuso sits in Mexico City's maximum-security prison, held without bail for the last 14 months, waiting for a verdict in his first-degree murder trial.