YERINGTON, Nevada — A 27-year-old Nevada man with a criminal history was convicted Tuesday of five counts of murder and could face the death penalty for a killing spree two years ago.
Jeremiah Bean was convicted of committing the northern Nevada rampage on Mother's Day weekend 2013, less than six months after his parole stemming from a burglary charge expired.
The jury also returned guilty verdicts on arson, burglary, robbery and larceny charges, as well as enhancements for crimes against the elderly. His sentencing is set for Aug. 4 in Third District Court in Yerington.
Bean initially agreed to a plea deal that would have spared him from possible execution, but he changed his mind and pleaded not guilty in November 2013.
Prosecutors say he fatally shot two couples in two homes in rural Fernley and a newspaper deliveryman 30 miles away at an I-80 exit east of Reno near the Mustang Ranch brothel.
Lyon County Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Reichenberg said during the 12-day trial that Bean robbed and killed his victims because he wanted cash to party on a Friday night. He said Bean set one of the houses on fire to try to destroy the evidence.
Sheriff's deputies said he killed Robert Pape and Dorothy Pape, both 84, in one Fernley home on May 10, and Angie Duff, 67, and Lester Leiber, 69, at a house around the corner. He fatally shot Eliazar Graham, 52, of Sparks, along the interstate.
Defense attorney Richard Davies acknowledged Bean played a role in the killings but argued he was not the only person to blame.
Bean was convicted of an unrelated burglary in January 2011 in Lyon County and granted probation, which records show was revoked in July 2011. He was jailed for about a year and his parole expired in December 2012.