May 25, 1997
Sherrice Iverson (7) is molested and murdered in a casino restroom
Sherrice and her older brother Harold (14) were accompanying their father, Leroy Iverson, at a casino in Primm. Iverson didn’t have enough money for a room and instead planned to spend a few hours in the casino while his children played in the arcade. He told police he had done this several times in the past without incident.
As Sherrice and Harold were not permitted on the casino floor, Harold was put in charge of watching Sherrice. Harold failed to do so, and Sherrice began to run around the establishment unmonitored. She was returned to her father several times.
Around 4 am, Jeremy Strohmeyer (18) was seen playing with Sherrice. He later followed her into the women’s restroom where the two continued their playful exchanges, tossing wet paper towel wads at each other. Strohmeyer’s friend, David Cash (17) then entered the women’s restroom and witnessed Strohmeyer forcing Sherrice into a stall. Cash also witnessed Strohmeyer’s left hand over Sherrice’s mouth to silence her while molesting her with his right hand. Cash left the restroom. Twenty minutes later, Strohmeyer followed. He immediately confessed he had molested and killed Sherrice, strangling her to suppress her cries. As he was leaving, Strohmeyer noticed Sherrice was still alive and twisted her neck to break it. He heard a “loud pop,” though he noticed slight movement from her body and twisted it again “with all his strength” before resting her body on the toilet.
Strohmeyer was arrested three days later after classmates identified him from security camera footage.
Strohmeyer was charged with kidnapping, murder, and sexual assault of a minor, and faced the death penalty. As part of a plea bargain, he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, sexual assault on a minor with substantial bodily harm, and sexual assault on a minor. He was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.
Sherrice’s mother demanded Cash be charged as an accessory, but a lack of evidence against him prevented the filing of any charges. He showed no remorse towards the murder, telling the Los Angeles Times “I’m not going to get upset over somebody else’s life. I just worry about myself first. I’m not going to lose sleep over somebody else’s problems.”
Sherrice’s murder, and David Cash’s inaction, brought about the Sherrice Iverson bill. The bill legally requires a person with reasonable suspicion that a minor is being sexually assaulted to report the crime to authorities.