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Gun trial set for embattled former legislator

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Jennifer Simpson / AP

California Highway Patrol officers draw their weapons as they arrest ex-Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Victorville, Calif. Brooks led police on a chase from Barstow, Calif., until his tires were spiked in Victorville, Calif. Brooks was arrested on charges including resisting arrest and throwing objects, just hours after he became the first lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature.

An embattled former assemblyman who last year became the only person ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature will be tried in October for a gun charge stemming from an allegation that he threatened to hurt Democratic Assembly leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick.

Steven Brooks, whose ousting came amid a series of bizarre incidents that frightened colleagues and led to his firing as an analyst with the city of Las Vegas, had his first run-in with police Jan. 19, 2013, after North Las Vegas officers found him in a car with a gun and dozens of rounds of ammunition after allegedly voicing a threat against Kirkpatrick.

Since then, Brooks was arrested twice more — once in February 2013 for an alleged scuffle with a Metro police officer investigating a domestic abuse call, and again the next month in California following a freeway chase with police.

Brooks spent 16 months in a Victorville, Calif. jail for the most recent charge and pleaded no contest in March to evading a peace officer and resisting arrest. He was sentenced last month to time already served.

He was extradited to Southern Nevada on Aug. 5. to face the remaining charges and remains behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Clark County District Court Judge Abbi Silver today set an October 2 trial for Brooks' gun charge.

An Aug. 21 preliminary hearing is slated for his Feb. 10, 2013 arrest in which he's accused of fighting with Metro officers called during an argument between him and his estranged wife.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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