RENO — The same jury that convicted a Nevada man of kidnapping, rape and murder has begun formal deliberations on whether to sentence him to death.
The panel in Washoe District Court is trying to decide if James Biela should be executed or sent to prison for life. He was found guilty last week of the 2008 murder of 19-year-old Brianna Denison and sexual assault of two other college coeds in Reno.
Biela's public defenders argued the 28-year-old Sparks pipe fitter should get life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The jury took about six hours last week to find Biela guilty. It started sentencing deliberations on Tuesday just after 4:30 p.m.