Sparks woman sentenced to life for beating elderly parents to death, setting home on fire

Alexis Alegria, 29

A Sparks woman was sentenced to life in prison for beating her parents to death with a crowbar and then setting their home on fire after they caught her huffing paint in the garage, according to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office.

Alexis Alegria, 31, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and one count of first-degree arson.

On June 26, she was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole, the district attorney’s office announced Wednesday. She was ordered to serve an additional five to 20 years in prison for the associated deadly weapon enhancements.

Alegria was also sentenced to a 15-year prison term for the arson charge, with the possibility of parole after six years, officials said a news release.

All three sentences are set to run consecutive to each other.

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Officials said Alegria has a significant history of mental illness and was previously found incompetent to face charges in a vehicle burglary case in 2016.

Still, a court-ordered evaluation found she was competent to stand trial in the recent murder case.

On Oct. 11, officers with the Sparks Police Department responded to a report of a house fire on Dolce Drive in Sparks.

When they arrived, Alegria reportedly told them that she lived in the home with her elderly parents.

When the officers asked her if her parents were still inside, she was initially hesitant but eventually mumbled that they were, officials said in the news release.

The officers then noticed that Alegria had a cut on her lip and blood spatter on her legs and feet. She then claimed she was woken up by the fire and fell running down the stairs.

Investigators later learned that Alegria had intentionally set the fire to cover up the murders of both her parents.

According to the district attorney’s office, Alegria’s parents caught her huffing paint in the garage. The argument then turned into a physical fight, and Alegria eventually grabbed a crowbar and beat both her parents to the ground.

She then stabbed her father in the back of the head and lit the house on fire.

An autopsy found both victims died from blunt force trauma to the head.

At her sentencing hearing, Washoe County Deputy District Attorney Michael Bolenbaker presented body camera footage and a recorded phone call between Alegria and her brother.

In the phone conversation, Alegria was heard admitting to both murders and the arson.

“No parents should have the last vision they see is their own daughter taking their life, and that was deserving of a life sentence without parole,” Bolenbaker said in a statement on Wednesday.

He argued Alegria’s actions and her attempt to cover up the murder showed she was angry that her parents refused to allow her to do drugs in their home.

Marcella Corona is a breaking news reporter who covers crime and justice in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.