Bryan Clay sentenced to life in prison for killings of mom, daughter

Bryan Clay appears in court Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (KSNV)

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Bryan Clay was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


LAS VEGAS (KSNV) -- The convicted killer of a Las Vegas mother and her daughter asked jurors to spare his life.

Bryan Clay, 27, became emotional when he took the stand Monday in the penalty phase of his trial at the Regional Justice Center.

Prosecutors say he deserves to die for raping and murdering Yadira Martinez and her 10-year-old daughter, Karla, in April 2012.

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“I've heard God's forgiveness is limitless,” Clay told jurors. “I hope he can forgive me.”

Clay took a moment to thank his attorneys, the prosecution and even the jurors who found him guilty.

“I don't know how to express my remorse; I can only express love,” he said. “And know these actions have caused so much pain.”

But while he was on the stand with a prepared statement, Clay quickly went off script, with emotion taking over.

“Just to sit for six years and think about something you don't remember doing, I went crazy,” he said. “First thing I tried to do in jail was kill myself.”

Clay reiterated that he didn’t remember breaking into the Martinez home in the middle of the night and committing the heinous attacks, attacking the victims in their beds. He says the Martinez family is in his prayers.

It's for another little girl, however, why he wants to live — his 5-year-old daughter, Nicole.

The jury was shown video and pictures of the child Clay calls his pride and joy.

“If not for my attorneys and daughter, I'd be begging you for death,” Clay said. “But I don't want that for myself. I don't want my attorneys to have to sit through it. I don't want anybody else to sit through it.”

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Prosecutors say Clay deserves the ultimate punishment, stating that what happened to his victims was not an impulsive act, but a crime that took hours to commit.

Clay’s lawyers said the death penalty is nothing more than revenge.

The jury began deliberations Monday night and ended around 5:30 p.m. They will resume at noon Tuesday.

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