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Man admits to beating his mother, fails to show up for sentencing

Posted at 7:13 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 07:54:29-04

39-year-old Richard Pena is no stranger to the Justice System. He has five prior felony convictions, one gross misdemeanor, and 16 misdemeanor convictions, according to District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

But what he did back in January during a domestic dispute was almost unthinkable.

"He choked his mom, dragged her by the hair, punched her in the face and threatened to kill her," said Wolfson. "She's 69 years old, so this is what a man does to his own mother."

Pena pleaded guilty to beating his own mother. But he failed to show up for sentencing.

13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert, retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lieutenant Randy Sutton, has a strong opinion on someone like this.

"Of all the things I saw in my police career, the abuse of the elderly is one of those things that just touched me in a way - it angers me," he said.

Wolfson says the District Attorney's Office wants Pena off the street so he can start serving a sentence of up to 6 years in prison.

Anyone with information on Pena's whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. You don't need to give your name, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.