Nevada judge asked for sentencing do-over for Saudi inmate

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge is being asked for a sentencing do-over for a 30-year-old former Saudi Arabian air force sergeant serving 35 years in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel on New Year’s Eve 2012.

Attorney Dominic Gentile (jen-TEEL’), representing Mazen Alotaibi (MAH’-zen Ah-loh-TAH’-bee), says Judge Stefany Miley made no immediate ruling after a Thursday hearing about whether Alotaibi’s 2013 sentence was fair.

Gentile argues Alotaibi’s trial attorney should have asked to have the jury consider a charge carrying a top sentence of five years.

He wants a new jury to be allowed to consider the lesser statutory sexual seduction charge.

Alotaibi was found guilty of sexual assault, lewdness with a child and kidnapping for luring the boy to the hotel room.

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