Earlier this week a Las Vegas judge sentenced a 47-year-old woman and her 27-year-old daughter to possible life sentences in prison for killing a 73-year-old woman for her collection of coins. The defendants had pleaded guilty to beating the victim with wood and stabbing her with a knife in April of 2011. After the murder, the defendants sold the coins to a pawnshop.
The Nevada crime of murder is divided into the two sub-offenses of first-degree and second-degree. First degree murder is the most serious kind, and it encompasses premeditated killing as well as "felony murder," which is homicide committed in the perpetration of a felony or battery. Second degree murder encompasses unpremeditated but extremely reckless killing, such as the game of Russian Roulette.