Attorney General Ford Announces Sentencing of Defendants in High Desert State Prison Murder Case

September 11, 2020

Las Vegas, NV Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced that former Las Vegas residents Jeremy Kenneth Nuckles, 43, and Justin Mitthias Muncy, 36, were sentenced for their roles in the fatal stabbing of a fellow High Desert State Prison inmate. According to the charging documents, on April 16, 2016, Nuckles and Muncy attacked fellow High Desert State Prison inmate Ralph Goodman. In the course of the attack, one or both of the defendants stabbed and killed Goodman with a sharp instrument.

In July, Nuckles pleaded guilty to one count of Murder of the Second Degree with Use of a Deadly Weapon, a category “A” felony, and Muncy pleaded guilty to Murder of the Second Degree, also a category “A” felony.   

On August 28th, Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Michael P. Villani sentenced Nuckles to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years. He also received a consecutive 48- to 120-month term of imprisonment for his use of a deadly weapon in the attack. Today, Muncy was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison for his role in the crime.

“Whether a murder occurs in a family home or in a prison, justice must be served,” said AG Ford. “Attorneys in my office have been working tirelessly on this case, and I’m proud that their work has resulted in the defendants admitting their wrongdoing and receiving lengthy terms of imprisonment for their crimes.”  

This case was investigated by the Nevada Department of Corrections’ Office of the Inspector General. The Office of the Nevada Attorney General prosecuted this case.

To view the charging documents for Nuckles and Muncy, please click on their respective names.

    2020-09-11 Nuckles  2020-09-11 Muncy

                              NUCKLES, JEREMY                                                            MUNCY, JUSTIN      

                                 (Photographs courtesy of the Nevada Department of Corrections)