LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nye County sheriff candidate will face a single misdemeanor charge in an agreement with Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto stemming from a campaign sign-stealing dispute, officials said Wednesday.
Assistant Nye County Sheriff Rick Marshall wasn't intentionally doing anything illegal or improper when he removed three "Anybody but Rick for Sheriff" signs from property where ownership was unclear, defense attorney Joshua Tomsheck said.
Marshall was removing signs from other properties with owners' consent, Tomsheck said, when he was arrested by Nye County sheriff's deputies April 22 in Pahrump on stolen property, conspiracy and resisting arrest charges.
Masto released a statement saying Marshall would face a judge Sept. 9 in Nye County and could be fined $500 on the single misdemeanor injury to property charge.
Masto spokeswoman Jennifer Lopez declined to comment about the investigation and agreement because she said the matter was pending.
Tomsheck noted that after more than three months, Nevada Department of Public Safety investigators determined the case amounted to an allegation that Marshall removed three signs valued at a total of $9 from one property. The lawyer called the dispute the result of a personal vendetta by political opponents.
Marshall is one of 10 candidates running in a nonpartisan election for a four-year term replacing Sheriff Tony DeMeo, who is retiring after three terms.
Pahrump is 60 miles west of Las Vegas.