- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The only lawmaker ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature agreed Thursday to plead guilty in two Las Vegas criminal cases dating to the days before the 2013 legislative session, in a bid to get out of jail and into a mental health program.

Through his lawyer, former Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks told Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson that he plans to plead guilty Aug. 28 to resisting a public officer with use of a deadly weapon, a felony that could get him up to four years in prison.

Prosecutor Richard Scow agreed to drop lesser assault on an officer, battery constituting domestic violence and obstruction charges.

Brooks, 42, also plans to plead guilty Aug. 28 in a separate case handled by the Nevada state attorney general’s office to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a felony, defense attorney Adam Gill said.

Thom Gover, the deputy attorney general prosecuting the firearm case, gave his endorsement Thursday to the agreement to settle both cases before trial. He declined further comment.

The moves could mark a step toward the twice-elected lawmaker restoring his personal life, and signal an end to a public spectacle that for weeks threatened to derail the biennial 2013 Legislature.

“We’re hoping that he gets the treatment, mental health-wise, to get stable and get back to normal living in society - and not be a danger to himself or others,” said Scow, a chief deputy Clark County district attorney.

Gill and Scow said outside court that if Brooks completes mental health court and an anticipated probation sentence of perhaps three years, he could end with one misdemeanor resisting arrest conviction on his Nevada record and no prison time.

Brooks has two felony convictions in California after spending 16 months in jail and pleading no contest in July to evading a peace officer and resisting arrest stemming from a March 2013 freeway chase on Interstate 15 from Barstow to Victorville.

Gill and Scow said that if Brooks meets mental health and probation requirements, the firearm possession by a prohibited person case could be dismissed.

With his plea, however, Brooks will acknowledge in court that he used marijuana as an elected official.

That allegation was a fundamental part of a grand jury indictment in April 2013 that Brooks was an unlawful user of a controlled substance, and therefore prohibited from possessing a gun.

Some Brooks’ family members were in court Thursday but declined comment in the hallway.

Brooks has been in custody at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas since his release last month from the San Bernardino County jail. His combined bail in the two Las Vegas cases is $150,000.

Gill said his client hopes to be freed after he enters his pleas Aug. 28.

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