Killer of 21-year-old Filipina says Zoloft medication played a part in murder

LAS VEGAS — The courtroom of Judge Douglas Herndon of the 8th judicial district court of Nevada was filled with emotions. Makayla Rhiner’s family and friends delivered their final statement of impact before her convicted killer Brandon Hanson goes to state prison.

In June, 34-year-old Hanson was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder, burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, and 2 counts of breaking into vehicles.

Makayla was only 21 years old when she was killed — she was found lifeless, with multiple stab wounds inside her garage at this southwest valley a year ago.

As Makayla’s killer stood in front of the Pingol Rhiner family, Lynn Pingol, the mother of Makayla, says that she doesn’t feel the sincerity and the remorse from Janson.

Hanson claims that Zoloft, the anti-depression medication he took, played a huge part on why he killed Rhiner — an excuse that the family did not buy.

“Do I feel that his statement or what he read was sincere? No, I mean, I don’t know that I would ever feel can accept what he said to be true or remorseful or apologetic. Maybe in time — right now the emotion is too raw.”

Hanson is eligible for parole after 34 years of imprisonment.

After a year of trials and numerous status checks in district, the Nevada district attorney representing the Rhiner family states that justice has prevailed on Makayla’s death whose life was cut short from a brutal murder committed by Hanson.

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