Fugitive from Colorado takes plea deal after standoff at Caesars Palace

Updated:2024-03-25 14:24    Views:95

A fugitive from Colorado, who was arrested following a dramatic standoff last month at Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, has opted for a plea deal, according to his attorney.

Matthew John Ermond Mannix, aged 36, who was involved in the sensational incident, has pleaded guilty to felony charges of property destruction and misdemeanour negligence.

The agreement also includes compensation of around $55,300. Mannix's lawyer, David Roger, stated that the plea deal is likely to result in Mannix serving his prison sentence in his home state of Colorado.

The charges carry the possibility of up to $12,000 in fines and a prison sentence of one to five years, which would run concurrently with a 364-day jail term.

The latter charges could have led to life imprisonment if convicted in Nevada.

Mannix will be transferred to his home state after the sentencing on 28 September, where he will also face a prison sentence related to a kidnapping case.

His remorse for his actions was highlighted by his attorney, who mentioned his client's commitment to addressing his drug addiction in the future.

The standoff, which lasted five hours, involved Mannix and a woman, eventually leading to their surrender on 11 July.

The incident disrupted the tranquillity of the Caesars Palace pool area as objects were thrown from a 21st-floor window.

Although Mannix claimed to have a gun during the standoff, only a folding knife was found upon his surrender. The woman accompanying him was identified as his girlfriend.

Both were found to be under the influence of narcotics during the ordeal. While the standoff rattled guests and prompted evacuations, gambling continued within the casino. 



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