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New trial denied in Reno Masjid beating

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January 04, 2005

 

New trial denied in Reno Masjid beating

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A judge has denied a new trial for one of two teenagers convicted of beating a doctor outside a Reno Masjid.

 

David Nolette's lawyer, Karla Butko, said the Dec. 28 ruling would be appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

 

Nolette, who was 15 at the time, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the robbery and beating of Dr. El Tag Mirghani and his friend, Mohammed Sanad in March 2001.

 

Mirghani was beaten unconscious and suffered brain damage. He underwent several surgeries and was forced to close his medical practice.

 

Nolette and Scott Cannady, then 17, were charged with attempted murder, conspiracy and robbery and battery with a deadly weapon.

 

Nolette pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and guilty to the other charges. A jury acquitted him on the single attempted murder count.

 

A jury convicted Cannady of battery and robbery, but deadlocked on the attempted murder charge.

 

Butko argued Nolette's trial lawyer gave him bad legal advice and should be granted a new trial or given a reduced sentence.

 

But Washoe District Judge James Hardesty, who was assumed a seat on the state's high court Monday, rejected those arguments and other claims.

 

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