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Nevada lawmaker released in threat case

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada lawmaker was freed from jail after his weekend arrest on a felony charge of threatening to harm a state Assembly party leader at a home in North Las Vegas, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

Assemblyman Steven Brooks, 40, was held a little more than 24 hours before his release from the Las Vegas city jail Sunday evening, North Las Vegas police Officer Chrissie Coon said. A judge had set bail at $100,000 on a charge of intimidating a public officer by threat of physical violence before, Coon said.

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The first court date is Jan. 28, one week before the legislative session begins. If convicted, the charge could get the Democratic lawmaker one to five years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.

Brooks was arrested Saturday while driving in North Las Vegas a little less than two hours after police were called to a home on a report that a lawmaker had threatened harm to a colleague. Coon said witnesses corroborated the threat, but declined to specify it or the person or people to whom it was directed. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported the threat was directed at Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, a Democrat.

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