25-year-old Jim Johnson was arrested on Sunday and now faces murder charges
after a shooting at the Palms Casino left a man dead last week. Evan Plunkett
of Henderson was attending a party in one of the premier suites at the
Palms casino last week when a fight broke out. Johnson allegedly pulled
a gun and shot Plunkett several times. Police reports indicate that as
many as 50 people were at the party and may have witnessed the murder.
Authorities and medical responders were immediately on the scene of the
shooting and transported Plunkett to the hospital, where he later died
of his injuries. No reports have indicated what, other than the fight,
caused Johnson to
murder Plunkett. The victim's family has described him as a loving father
and military veteran with aspirations of becoming a rapper.
The Clark County coroner confirmed that Plunkett died of his gunshot wounds
and his death was ruled a homicide. Therefore, Johnson may be facing first-degree
murder charges. Police have yet to identify any other individuals who
may have been involved in the fight that led to the murder.
Homicide charges of first-degree murder are associated with the act of deliberately
killing someone with, what's called, malice aforethought. Though this
signals premeditation, the person charged does not necessarily have to
intend to kill the other person. Johnson could be facing first-degree
murder charges or second-degree murder charges, which involves causing
the death of another through reckless behavior with little regard for
The penalties for murder often depend on the specific homicide crime charged
and the facts of the case. Someone convicted of murder may be facing a
very long prison sentence, life imprisonment, or even the death penalty.
Because the penalties are so severe, those accused of murder, and other
violent crimes, are often well-advised to retain the services of a highly-qualified criminal
The Las Vegas criminal attorneys at Brown Law Offices have trial experience
and are eager to meet with you to discuss your case. Their knowledge and
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