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Candidate for Nye sheriff faces charge over removal of political signs

Updated Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 | 1:32 p.m.

A candidate for Nye County sheriff videotaped removing several “Anybody but Rick for Sheriff” signs will face a single misdemeanor charge, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced today.

Rick Marshall, 56, of Pahrump faces a charge of injury to property stemming from his April 22 arrest, according to a news release from Masto’s office.

He faces a maximum fine of $500, if found guilty.

Defense attorney Joshua Tomsheck said Marshall, an assistant sheriff, wasn’t intentionally doing anything illegal or improper when he removed three signs from property where ownership was unclear.

Tomsheck said Marshall had been removing signs from other properties with the owners’ consent.

Marshall was arrested by Nye County sheriff’s deputies in Pahrump on stolen property, conspiracy and resisting arrest charges.

He was found in possession without permission of three signs that belonged to the political action committee Citizens to Elect an Ethical Nye County Sheriff, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The signs were valued at about $9, officials said.

Marshall is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 9.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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