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Nevada lawmaker freed from jail in threat case

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada lawmaker was freed from jail following 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.

Democratic 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. The first court date is Jan. 28, one week before the legislative session begins.

If convicted, the charge could get the lawmaker one to five years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.

A man who answered the telephone at Brooks' home Monday asked for privacy and referred questions about the arrest to publicist Reggie Burton. The man hung up without identifying himself.

Burton said Brooks is innocent of the charges and plans to talk with reporters Tuesday morning in Carson City.

A message for Brooks' lawyer was not immediately returned.

Brooks was arrested Saturday while driving in North Las Vegas a little under 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 the alleged threat or the person or people to whom it was directed.

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