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September 2, 2014

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Court rejects appeal for ill nephew of former Sen. Paul Laxalt

CARSON CITY — A nephew of former U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt has lost his appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court on his car theft convictions.

Stephen D. Laxalt asked the court to modify his sentence of two consecutive 24- to 60-month terms on grounds Senior Judge Robert Estes did not consider his terminal illness. His appeal said he had liver disease and would likely die in prison if the sentences were not reduced.

The three-judge court said Thursday that Stephen Laxalt failed to show Estes “relied on mistaken assumptions regarding his criminal record that worked to his extreme detriment.”

Stephen Laxalt pleaded guilty to two felony counts in Fallon.

He is the son of the late Mickey Laxalt, the brother of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt.

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