Ex-bus guard gets probation in Vegas-area passenger death
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas-area transit bus security guard has been sentenced to five years’ probation for fatally injuring an 82-year-old passenger by shoving him out the door of a public bus last year.
The case is similar to a pending murder case against a 25-year-old Las Vegas woman accused of killing a 74-year-old man by shoving him face-first off a bus in March.
However, Anthony Louis Villanueva’s court-appointed attorney, Jordan Savage, said Monday that prosecutors recognized mitigating factors about Villanueva’s encounter early Nov. 14 with Charles Adams.
Villanueva, 42, was initially charged with murder, but pleaded guilty in February to voluntary manslaughter of a victim more than 60 years old. He was sentenced Friday.
If he completes probation, Villanueva can ask the court to reduce his conviction to a misdemeanor, Savage said.
Authorities said Adams died Dec. 21 of injuries including facial fractures that a doctor blamed on his face-forward fall a month earlier at a Regional Transit Commission of Southern Nevada bus stop.
The Clark County coroner later determined that Adams died from the fall and ruled the case a homicide.
Villanueva was fired by commission contractor, Allied Universal, after police said bus security audio and video recorded Villanueva arguing with Adams about his walker in the aisle of the bus and Adams waving a belt toward Villanueva.
Savage said Adams had a history of scuffles with others, and witnesses reported an aggressive confrontation between the armed guard and the passenger.
Police said Villanueva grabbed Adams from a seat and shoved him out the door, where Adams’ face hit the concrete sidewalk and he became limp before Villanueva dragged him away from the vehicle.
In the pending case, Cadesha Michelle Bishop pleaded not guilty last week to an indictment charging her with murder, battery and abuse of an elderly person in the April 23 death of Serge Fournier.
Bishop’s attorney denies she intended to kill Fournier. She is free on $100,000 bond with electronic monitoring and is due in court June 12.