LAS VEGAS — Richard Martin Schlacta, a violent ex-con who even plotted from behind bars to kill the 13-year-old victim he raped, was offered a plea deal.
The violent attack occurred on Aug. 28, when Schlacta, 49, approached the 13-year-old girl as she locked up her bicycle at Woodbury Middle School at approximately 6 a.m. She was sexually assaulted multiple times and finally escaped when she flagged down a motorist who assisted her.
After police were notified they apprehended Schlacta a few blocks from the school, and he was booked into Clark County Detention Center on charges of sexual assault with a victim under 14, attempted sexual assault with a victim under 14, first degree kidnapping, coercion with force or threat of force, battery with a deadly weapon and battery with intent to commit sexual assault with a victim under 16.
Although Schlacta did not have a criminal record in Nevada, the California resident has a lengthy criminal history there and spent approximately 13 years in prison.
Just months after his arrest for raping the 13-year-old he was moved to isolation after he culled the victims address from court documents and planned to kill the victim and her family.
Unbelievably the violent ex-con who with almost 100% certainty would have been found guilty was offered a plea deal in exchange for his guilty plea. The official reason is somewhere along the lines of not having to have the child testify against her attacker.
The real reason is that the court system is completely overwhelmed and plea deals, even for violent offenders with lengthy criminal histories, are commonplace. If it isn’t plea deals that take place, then experienced attorney’s simply file motion after motion to delay proceedings for months and even years.
In Schlacta’s case he was even provided with new counsel.
Sadly, it really boils down to who has the best attorney or the best relationship with the DA and judges.
Because of the plea deal the trial has been cancelled and Richard Martin Schlacta is scheduled to be sentenced May 1. Prosecutors intend to ask for a 40 year sentence.