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Man takes plea deal in Las Vegas ‘sovereign citizen’ case

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Leila Navidi

Sovereign citizen David Brutsche appears in Las Vegas Justice Court at the Regional Justice Center on Friday, August 23, 2013.

Updated Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 | 10:56 a.m.

A 43-year-old ex-convict who had been accused of plotting to kill Las Vegas police officers to advance an anti-government sovereign citizen philosophy has taken a plea deal that could get him freed from jail later this year.

David Allen Brutsche pleaded guilty Monday to felony kidnapping conspiracy.

His plea agreement represents a quiet end to a case police touted as domestic terrorism when Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman were arrested in August.

A month later, prosecutors abandoned the two most serious charges — conspiracy to murder and attempted armed kidnapping.

Newman pleaded guilty in December to a misdemeanor. She was sentenced to probation.

Brutsche is expected to face one year in county jail at sentencing April 7.

That could get him released from jail by August.

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