NV: Las Vegas man says he killed over dislike of sex offenders, report says


By Mike Shoro Las Vegas Review-Journal

A Las Vegas man told his neighbor he killed two homeless people behind a central-valley swap meet because one of them was a sex offender, court documents show.

“The neighbor explained he had been sexually assaulted as a child and took offense to sex offenders,” 32-year-old Michael Thompson’s arrest report said.

Prosecutors charged Thompson with two counts of murder Thursday in the Dec. 26 shooting deaths of Rhonda Ballow, 27, and Alfred Wilhelm, 53, court records show. Thompson remained in Clark County Detention Center on Friday evening.

Detectives learned that a woman’s neighbor told her he killed a man and a woman behind the swap meet on the 2900 block of West Washington Avenue, near Rancho Drive, according to the arrest report.

The neighbor told the woman he killed the man because he was a sex offender and killed the woman because she refused to leave, the report said.

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Are there any statistics on how many sex offenders were killed last year?

“It” doesn’t work.

Each state’s version of Megan’s Law normalizes hate, fosters dysfunction and trivializes the lives of those on the hit list.

how did the shooter know a homeless man is a registrant in the first place? its not a hot topic that any single person dare to talk about especially when its about himself/herself, maybe a coincidence? maybe there’s more to the story than what was posted.

Is this enough yet? How many have to die before someone finally says, “you know this list is actually killing more people than it’s protecting”/ I don’t understand deaths don’t matter and the list lives on.

Perhaps an upsurge of wrongful death lawsuits against the state and the US by the families of those registrants assaulted, robbed, and murdered is the answer. Numerous city councils have or are looking into repealing existing SO restrictions, so it’s not completely unheard of. Would be pretty hard for the government to claim such cases are a “collateral consequence” without sounding like promoting vigilante-ism.

Wow! This is getting to be a regular occurrence. It is going to be hard for the courts to argue that being on the registry doesn’t jeopardize the life of the registrant and anyone associated with them. The woman killed here was just an acquaintance.