Accused killer Javier Righetti had violent criminal past
Accused killer Javier Righetti had a violent criminal past even before he allegedly raped and killed 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV ) -- Javier Righetti was no stranger to the justice system, or to the kind of crime he's now accused of in the rape and murder of 15-year old Alyssa Otremba. New information obtained by Action News details Righetti's alleged brutal attack on a girl at Centennial High School two years ago.
In 2009, Javier Righetti was a 17-year-old student at Centennial. On August 26 of that year, Righetti was committed to the Department of Child and Family Services on a second degree felony kidnapping charge.
School District Police told Action News they could not release Righetti's record, but we learned that a school police report details an attack Righetti committed at Centennial High on a female student.
We're told Righetti allegedly grabbed the girl in a school hallway and pushed her into a bathroom where he held her by the neck up against a bathroom stall. The attack went no further than that, however, and it's believed it was interrupted in some way.
Righetti was originally charged with first degree kidnapping, false imprisonment, battery with intent to commit sexual assault, coercion with force and burglary. What stuck was the felony charge of second degree kidnapping.
Righetti was sentenced to a kind of boot camp for juvenile offenders in Elko, and part of his parole from the system would have involved treatment and counseling.
This week, Righetti confessed to stalking Alyssa Otremba, attacking and robbing her. He also confessed to raping her and stabbing her to death with a kitchen knife from his house, then burning her body with gasoline to destroy the evidence.
Righetti told police that Alyssa Otremba wasn't the first robbery and rape he's committed. It's unclear whether he was alluding to the 2009 attack, or other crimes in his past.
The Centennial High Information hasn't been immediately available because it's a juvenile record.
That brings up the issue of protecting juveniles and keeping those records sealed- A legislated level of secrecy which police say can be frustrating and even dangerous, especially in a case like this one.
Righetti made his first court appearance in a Las Vegas justice court on Thursday. He was ordered held without bail in the Otremba case, pending a motion by his attorney.
He faces charges of kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault and murder- all with a deadly weapon.
A preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will present evidence to determine if the case can go to trial, is set for October 14.