• Convicted Serial Killer Sentenced to Death

    Joseph Nissensohn Sentenced to Death

     On June 5, 2014, convicted serial killer Joseph Michael Nissensohn was sentenced to death, in El Dorado County, for the 1981 Monterey County murders of 13 year-old Tammy Jarschke and 14 year-old Tanya Jones, and for the 1989 South Lake Tahoe murder of 15 year-old Kathy Graves.

    On October 31, 2013, a South Lake Tahoe jury found Defendant Nissensohn guilty of three first degree murders, and also found true additional special circumstances allegations – including the prior 1989 Washington murder of Sally Jo Tsaggaris. The guilt phase of the trial started with jury selection over 13 months ago on May 14, 2013.

    Defendant Nissensohn was convicted of the Washington murder in 1991 and was due to be released at the end of his sentence in 2008. At that time, in agreement with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office consolidated all three murders to be tried at the same time.

    The investigation of Monterey County murders was originally investigated by MCSO Det. Glenn Brown, it was later reassigned to Detective Martin Opseth in Jan 2005.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 6, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News


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