Saudi airman gets 35 years for raping boy in Las Vegas

2015-01-29 11:09
Mazen Alotaibi listens to comments by his defense attorney, Don Chairez during the jury selection process for his trial at Justice Court in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson, AP)

Mazen Alotaibi listens to comments by his defense attorney, Don Chairez during the jury selection process for his trial at Justice Court in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson, AP)

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Nevada - A Saudi air force sergeant convicted in the rape of a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas casino hotel was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years to life in prison for the crime, a court spokesperson said.

Mazen Alotaibi, aged 25, was found guilty in Las Vegas in 2013 of kidnapping, burglary, coercion, lewdness on a child and sexual assault on a minor over a 2012 New Year's Eve attack.

Prosecutors say Alotaibi, who was visiting Las Vegas while temporarily stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, lured a then-13-year-old boy to a room at the Circus Circus hotel and sexually assaulted him.

Under the sentence imposed in a Las Vegas court, Alotaibi is not eligible for parole for a state-mandated 35 years, according to court spokesperson Mary Ann Price. If he is released, he will be required to be under periodic supervision, Price said.

The judge did not sentence Alotaibi for his conviction for coercion, and a court hearing for the judge to impose a sentence on that count is scheduled for Monday, Price said.

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