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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

S.F. Gay Grifters No Longer Face Death Penalty in Palm Springs Case, Prosecutor Says

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Kaushal Niroula
  • Kaushal Niroula
Four San Franciscan alleged con men accused in Palm Springs of robbing and killing a 74-year-old retiree can breathe easier following a meeting last week with prosecutors, according to City News Service ace Jessica E. Davis.

Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco had filed charges that, in the event of a guilty verdict, could have led to the death penalty for Kaushal Niroula and his on-again, off-again lovers Daniel Garcia and David Replogle, a San Francisco attorney. Also charged was Niroula's friend Miguel Bustamante, a former Castro barkeep who had allegedly been hired to help steal the assets of Clifford Lambert, 74, who disappeared Dec. 6, and is presumed dead.
Following a meeting between Pacheco and the defendant's attorneys, the district attorney's office announced he would not seek the death penalty. If convicted, the men could face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
The case was detailed in the

April 1 feature "The Dark Prince,"

which followed the high-stakes alleged crime career of Niroula, who is

believed to have stolen at least $1.3 million in elaborate con

operations before he and his friends made their way to Palm Springs,

and into Lambert's life and accused death.

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