sentences impacted by
the harm done to their victims"
Dominic Rizzolo to be sentenced Tuesday
"Violent crimes are on the rise in
most cities across the nation. People convicted of violent crimes
have their prison sentences impacted by the harm done to their victims."
"Any person who uses a... deadly weapon... in the commission of a crime
shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a term equal
to and in addition to the term of imprisonment prescribed by statute for
the crime... You need an experienced defense attorney who is able to mitigate
the circumstances surrounding the crimes charged to obtain the best possible
resolution on your case." - From the website
of attorney Steve Wolfson, husband of Clark County District Court Judge
to R) Judge Jackie Glass, DA David Roger, Mayor Oscar Goodman, Councilman
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
January 12, 2009
LAS VEGAS - Convicted racketeer
Rick Rizzolo in 1985 plea bargained with a friendly District Attorney to
a gross misdemeanor after beating Rick Sandlin almost to death with a baseball
bat. Sandlin died three years later of his injuries, and Rizzolo did not
spend even one day in jail. Rizzolo's attorney was Oscar Goodman who today
is our town's Mayor, and the friendly DA was Rex Bell.
24 years later, just before
Christmas 2008, Rick Rizzolo was heard telling his friends that his son
Dominic will also get off with a slap on the wrist and get one year probation
for pleading guilty to Battery With Use Of A Deadly Weapon.
Dominic's prosecutor is current
Clark County DA David Roger, a long time friend of Rick Rizzolo and his
family attorney Tony Sgro -- "an experienced defense attorney." Sgro donated
Roger's campaign headquarters in 2007 when Roger ran for reelection. Roger
was also the benefactor of a 2003 political fundraiser in the Rizzolo's
Canyon Gate estate, and received over $50,000 in campaign contributions
based on Rick
Dominic Rizzolo, 26, will
be sentenced at 9 AM, Tuesday, January 13, in Clark County District Court,
This is Dominic's first felony
His judge is the honorable
Jackie Glass who is best known for presiding over the 2008, O.J. Simpson
robbery and kidnapping case. She's been described as a
no-nonsense judge known for tough sentences. Because "violent crimes
are on the rise in most cities across the nation," Glass tried to set an
example by sentencing Simpson to over 9 years in state prison, and he didn't
cause his victims physical harm during his crime spree at the Palace Station
Hotel. His associate did threaten several men with a gun, but never pulled
It was Simpson's first felony
Judge Glass is married to
prominent criminal defense attorney and Las Vegas City Councilman Steve
Wolfson who serves at the side of Rick
Rizzolo's former criminal defense attorney and corporate
agent, Mayor Oscar Goodman. Wolfson would like to succeed Goodman as
mayor, and needs Goodman's endorsement to be elected.
Associates of Rick Rizzolo
(below) were responsible for launching Goodman's career as a mob lawyer:
- L to R: Oscar Goodman and Jimmy
Spilotro, Goodman, Herb
- L to R: Goodman and impeached judge Harry
Claiborne; Convicted racketeer Rick
- L to R: Joey
"the clown" Lombardo; Joey
Cusumano and Goodman; Frank "lefty"
At approximately 10 PM,
January 21, 2008, Dominic Rizzolo reportedly drove to William Moyer's home
in a dark colored SUV with the license place covered by a T-shirt.
Moyer, 26, who was a class
made of Rizzolo at Gorman High School, reported he received a phone call
on the night of the incident asking if he was staying home that evening?
Fifteen minutes later, Rizzolo reportedly knocked at his door.
Moyer's mother answered the
door and summoned her son. The two men conversed on the front lawn for
several minutes until Rizzolo reportedly asked Moyer, "Do you know who
my family is?" then demanded $20,000.
Moyer said he refused the
demand and ordered Rizzolo off the property which he said inspired Rizzolo
to strike him in the face with his fist. A fight ensued in which Rizzolo
reportedly pulled a switch blade knife and stabbed Moyer in the upper abdomen.
Moyer sustained life threatening
injuries requiring emergency surgery and six days hospitalization. Moyer
has not received compensation for his medical bills, pain, and suffering.
He said he has hesitated suing Rizzolo in civil court to recover his expenses
because Rizzolo does not work, have assets, or own property in order to
satisfy a judgment.
Battery: Definitions; penalties. a person convicted of a battery... shall
be punished: (e) If the battery is committed with the use of a deadly weapon,
and: (2) Substantial bodily harm to the victim results, for a category
B felony by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not
less than 2 years and a maximum term of not more than 15 years, and may
be further punished by a fine of not more than $10,000.
Judge Glass is guided by
NRS 200.481 to sentence Rizzolo to the state prison for a minimum term
of not less than 2 years. Or she can suspend his sentence and place him
However, suspended sentences
and probation is not Judge Glass's style. While the world watched, she
threw the book at Simpson, and he never shot or stabbed anyone that fateful
day at the Palace Station.
By coincidence, this is the
second concurrent case involving a member of the Rizzolo family that
has been randomly assigned to Judge Glass. In 2003, Judge Glass was assigned
to preside over Kirk Henry's Attempted Murder civil lawsuit against Rizzolo's
corporation, The Power Company.
Because Dominic Rizzolo
was a "person who (used) a... deadly weapon... in the commission of a crime,"
and William Moyer almost died of his injuries,
it's expected that Judge Glass will heed the words of her husband who
stated: "People convicted of violent crimes have their prison sentences
impacted by the harm done to their victims," and she will impact Dominic
Rizzolo's sentence, fine, and victim restitution by the harm he did to
Hopefully, her sentencing
will not be impacted by Dominic's father's close connections to the DA
|Jan. 06, 2009
Copyright © Las Vegas
JOHN L. SMITH: Until he pays
his debt, Rick Rizzolo hangs like a monkey on your back
It's little secret that at
least one intrepid IRS agent is asking about Rizzolo's connection to suspicious
payments made through a local law firm to a former local politician for
supposed investigative and security consultation. The arrangement smacks
of an under-the-radar financial relationship. That could mean big headaches
for a lawyer and a former politician, and yet more trouble for Rizzolo.
FULL COLUMN: http://www.lvrj.com/news/37134309.html
The local law firm mentioned
in this column is Patti
& Sgro, and the former local politician is Michael
McDonald - SM