The Las Vegas woman insists that the death penalty be upheld 10 years after her daughter’s brutal murder
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – When a bill that could abolish the death penalty passes through Nevada law, a Las Vegas woman whose daughter was brutally murdered pushes back.
“Grief is like chronic pain,” said Jennifer Otremba, “and it’s always there.”
Almost 10 years after her daughter’s death, Otremba describes how her whole world has changed.
“You never expect to leave your house with your child lying on the floor doing homework on what they found,” Otremba said.
Alyssa Otremba, 15, went home in 2011 after she was abducted, sexually assaulted and stabbed more than 80 times. Her body was then cremated and only a few hundred feet from her home in the Northwest Valley.
Javier Righetti was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 2017.
“There has to be a punishment at some point,” Otremba told 8 News Now, referring to Righetti’s actions. “There are consequences for your actions.”
Now Jennifer is fighting to keep that option on the table after the Nevada Assembly voted for the abolition of the death penalty during the 2021 legislative session.
AB 395 would abolish the death penalty and reduce all current death sentences to life without parole.
It was introduced by Democratic MP Steve Yeager, who called the death penalty “broken”.
Similar bills were introduced in 2017 and 2019, but none got that far.
“I was just a normal mother raising my children,” Otremba said of her situation. “And someone I don’t know came in and took you in the most terrible way.”
Jennifer hopes her story will encourage lawmakers to reconsider the importance of this type of closure and understand what she calls.
“He didn’t consider Alyssa’s life that day,” she complained. “So why should we consider his?”
To become law, AB 395 would have to pass the Nevada Senate and Governor Steve Sisolak would have to sign it.
Sisolak has said he was largely against the death penalty, but he has had a hard time with the idea of abolishing the death penalty altogether.
Further information on AB 395 can be found here.