Family of Alyssa Otremba still seeking justice after 5 years

LAS VEGAS - The family of a 15-year-old Arbor View High School freshman who was raped and killed in 2011 is still seeking justice.

The case has been dragging on in the court system, but the Nevada Supreme Court just upheld a lower court decision to reject Javier Righetti's guilty plea and send the case to trial.

Righetti's plea did not include an admission that the killing was premeditated which basically voided the plea deal.

Righetti continues to sit in jail more than five years after police say he killed and then burned 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba's body just yards away from her parents' home.

The victim's family is grateful the trial can now proceed. They plan on fighting until justice is served.

"It is a victory and I think that it's important our case has set a lot of precedence," said Jennifer Craig Otremba, Alyssa's mother.

She took to Facebook to show her gratitude for the Nevada Supreme Court's ruling that will force her daughter's accused killer to stand trial for murder instead of getting a plea deal.

"Over the course of the years, we had the defense that is constantly just trying to push this and push this," she said.

The family says, last year, Righetti had agreed to a plea deal to plead guilty on all 10 counts, but then backed out to admitting guilt on the premeditation part of the first-degree murder charge.

"So, the defense took it to the Supreme Court and they got back with us today and sided and said you can't do that, you can't decide you're going to plead guilty to part of a murder charge," Craig Otremba said.

Righetti is accused of sexually assaulting, torturing and killing Otremba. She was attacked walking from her school to her home.

He allegedly also set her body on fire. She was found in a vacant lot near U.S. 95 at Oso Blanca Road and Grand Teton in Centennial Hills.

"She was really sweet and caring," said her friend, Arion Snedden. "She was an awesome person and had such a big heart and talented and so sweet."

As for Alyssa's mom, she's thankful for the community's support through this entire ordeal.

"I appreciate everyone so much and it really means the world to me that you guys are so supportive and caring," she said.

8 News NOW reached out to the suspect's public defender, but has not heard back.

Righetti is scheduled for a court hearing next week where arguments are expected on his mental capacity and whether he should face the death penalty.

 


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