Trinidad man formally sentenced to life in 1982 murder

A judge this morning sentenced a Trinidad man to life in prison without the posisblity of parole for the 1982 rape and murder of a Douglas County teen.

Carson City District Judge Todd Russell additionally sentenced David Winfield Mitchell, 61, to a consecutive eight to 10 years in prison for using a deadly weapon, a ligature, to strangle Sheila Jo Harris in her East Carson City apartment where he worked.

Mitchell shook his head when asked if he wished to say anything on his own behalf.

Russell also ordered Mitchell to pay $675 in court and attorney fees, and $8,672 for the cause to extradite him from Trnidad. He was given credit for serving 448 days in jail.


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