Woman who killed former councilman dies in prison

LAS VEGAS - A Nevada Department of Corrections inmate who was serving time for her role in the murder of a former Sparks city councilman has died.

Janine Hillman, 85, died Oct. 30 at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas. She was serving two life sentences.

Hillman masterminded a murder plot that involved two other people killing 71-year-old Valentine Galleron in 1987. Her motive was to steal $40,000 from him.

He died from electrocution when a plugged-in television set was thrown into his hot tub.

Hillman had been serving time since 1988.

Galleron was a Sparks councilman from 1957 to 1963.


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