43-year-old man convicted of crushing and killing man in 2019
Dae Lyskoski shared a passion for cars with her father, but going to his job as a mechanic or looking for spare parts in his garage now brings only painful memories.
“I’ll never hear him say, ‘I’m proud of you, son,'” he said on Friday at a sentencing hearing for the man who crushed his father, Ethan Lyskoski, in Northwest Las Vegas in December 2019.
Danny Lopez, 43, pleaded guilty in September to intentional homicide. Lopez, who initially faced a murder charge, pleaded Alford, meaning he only admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to prove his guilt.
District Judge Cristina Silva sentenced him to two years, 10 months and 10 years in prison on Friday.
Lopez and Lyskoski were dating the same woman, according to Lopez’s arrest report.
His lawyer, Amy Coffee, said the two were friends and that Lopez had no intention of injuring the 48-year-old.
Prosecutor Jory Scarborough said there was evidence Lyskoski was intoxicated and “the aggressor” during the altercation, but that Lopez should have left.
“I think the evidence shows that he deliberately hit him, and I think he deliberately killed someone in the heat of the moment,” Scarborough said.
On December 14, 2019, Lopez dropped off his girlfriend near Lyskoski’s home, near Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard, the woman told police.
Lyskoski confronted Lopez and used brass knuckles to smash the window of Lyskoski’s car, according to the arrest report.
Lopez then struck Lyskoski with his car before knocking him over and trapping him under the vehicle.
Coffee said Lopez didn’t realize the other man was on the ground when he turned around and knocked him down.
She said after Lyskoski got stuck under the car, Lopez called 911 and “immediately tried to get a jack, tried to move the car”.
“There is no indication that he went out to hurt anyone that day, that he did it on purpose,” Coffee said.
Lyskoski’s mother Sandra Tessier said her son was a loving man who always offered to help when he saw someone stranded with car problems on the side of the road.
“I also pray for what this has done to all of our families as we are suffering together,” she said during the sentencing hearing.
Silva’s voice was full of emotion as she addressed Lyskoski’s family members and thanked them for speaking on Friday.
But she said she had to consider Lopez’s lack of criminal history and the facts of the case when sentencing.
At the start of Friday’s hearing, Scarborough admitted the family were disappointed with Lopez’s manslaughter negotiations.
“I can say with confidence that I don’t think the vast majority of people in the crowd are very happy with the result here,” he said. “I guess there are really no winners under any of these circumstances.”
Following the hearing, Dae Lyskoski and her mother, Jennifer Lyskoski, said they were upset by Lopez’s conviction.
“The justice system needs an overhaul,” said Jennifer Lyskoski.