A Henderson, Nevada man has been convicted of “murdering” more than 500 trees, the Los Angeles Times reports — solely to preserve his view of the scenic Las Vegas skyline. Douglas Hoffman killed some of the trees outright and sliced through others just enough to insure their slow death, the paper reports. He had earlier complained to the homeowners committee of a nearby retirement home that was blocking his view of the Strip.
In November, a jury convicted Hoffman, 60, on 10 charges in the destruction of nearly $250,000 worth of mesquite and other trees. He will likely face sentencing next month and could get as much as 35 years in prison. His case has created a stir in a community developers have crowded with homes and transplanted trees, in many cases eliminating views of the Spring and Muddy Mountain ranges — and the Strip’s neon skyline.