A Las Vegas man shot and killed a retired entrepreneur after a dispute in a bar. Now, he will remain behind bars for life.
Recently, Nevada District Judge Jaqueline Bluth handed Otis Buchanan, 38, a life term in prison with the possibility of parole for the shooting death of Alan Bondelid. Buchanan was found guilty and convicted by a jury of first-degree murder.
On Dec. 27, 2020, officers responded to a home near Tropicana Avenue and Mountain Vista, where they found the body of 70-year-old Bondelid in his driveway with a gunshot wound to his chest.
According to prosecutors, the victim and the defendant had exchanged words while at the gaming area of Stadium Saloon and Laundry along Boulder Highway. After Bondelid left the bar, Buchanan and his co-defendant, 31-year-old Dalana Smedley, followed him to his residence. Then, the defendant approached the victim in his driveway and requested his wallet multiple times.
“He was shot over a petty argument that challenged Mr. Buchanan’s ego and pride. Today, Mr. Buchanan gets to keep his pride and ego, while my father lost his life,” said the victim’s son Ethan Bondelid during the victim impact statement, according to Review Journal.
The suspects got $8 in the robbery.
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Video footage retrieved by investigators from the bar showed the altercation spilled into the establishment’s parking lot. In addition, Bondelid’s ring camera showed the victim identified Buchanan from the bar before he was shot, reported KTNV.
Soon, the defendant and Smedley sped off from the crime scene in a Scion XB towards East Twain Avenue. However, Las Vegas police quickly found the car and detained the duo.
Meanwhile, Smedley maintained she did not know Buchanan had shot the victim because she stayed in the car and parked some distance from the residence. As a result, she pleaded guilty to an Alford plea, only admitting prosecutors had enough evidence to prove her guilt. Smedley was convicted of felony counts of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and accessory to murder.
Bluth sentenced her to 4 to 10 years in prison.
Buchanan was out on bond during the incident. He had pending multiple felony cases, including the charge of possession of a stolen vehicle. Buchanan will be eligible for parole after 20 years.
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