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