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Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

Murderer of LDS Father Found Guilty

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- A case of mistaken identity left an LDS father of four, George Veit, shot to death while working as the store manager at Best Auto on February 3, 1998. Veit, a Mormon church leader, was similar in age and stature to Steve Conley who had been present in the office moments before the shooter arrived.

Wearing a mask, gloves and a long coat, Steven Acosta fired two shots into Veit, killing him. Police searched in vain for a motive, then learned that Keith Shanley had spoken of his intention to have someone kill Conley, who was living with Shanley's former girlfriend.

A year after the shooting, California authorities arrested Johnson on a Las Vegas warrant after finding a methamphetamine lab in Johnson's home. Johnson admitted to discussing killing Conley on several occasions and that Acosta would be the triggerman.

An August trial found Shanley guilty of first-degree murder. He now faces a minimum of 40 years in prison and will be sentenced on October 17. As part of a plea agreement, Johnson was granted probation. Acosta faces a possible sentence of two to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 1, by District Judge Sally Loehrer.


Murder trial ends with guilty plea
Las Vegas NV Sun (AP) 20Sep00 D2
Associated Press


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