Joseph Michael Nissensohn Convicted in 1980s Slayings of 3 California Teen Girls

By Associated Press
|  Monday, Nov 4, 2013  |  Updated 10:11 AM PDT
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Guilty Verdict in "Cold Case" of 1980s Slaying of 3 CA Teens

Jury convicts man in 1980s slayings of 3 CA teens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - An El Dorado County jury has convicted a man of the 1980s slayings of three teenage girls.

The Sacramento Bee reports Joseph Michael Nissensohn has been found guilty of three first-degree murders and now faces the death penalty.

He was convicted of the 1989 killing of 15-year-old Kathy Graves of South Lake Tahoe, as well as the 1981 slayings of 13-year-old Tammy Jarschke and 14-year-old Tanya Jones.

The penalty phase of the trial is set to begin Nov. 12 in South Lake Tahoe.

"Cold case" teams of the El Dorado County Sheriff and the District Attorney's office reopened the investigations in 2008.

The newspaper says Nissensohn previously served prison time for a murder in Washington state.

Information from: The Sacramento Bee

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