LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court is upholding the death penalty for a man who pleaded guilty to killing a 3-year-old girl and stabbing her 10-year-old sister in a recreational vehicle trailer outside a Mesquite casino in January 2003.

A state high court ruling on Thursday denied a new penalty trial for 28-year-old Beau Maestas (my-AE’-stas).

Maestas’ lawyer had challenged the constitutionality of one jury deciding Maestas’ fate after a previous jury deadlocked.

Maestas was 19 when he attacked the girls with carving knives. Prosecutors allege it was revenge for their mother selling him salt instead of methamphetamine.

The 10-year-old girl was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Maestas’ younger sister, Monique Maestas, pleaded guilty to murder and other charges.

She’s 25 now, and is serving 47 years to life in prison.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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