- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 26-year-old man who admitted firing a gun backstage while trying to steal costumes and props from the “Thunder From Down Under” male revue in Las Vegas pleaded guilty Monday in a separate domestic violence case.

Joey Kadmiri avoided trial in both cases and faces no more than a combined 25 years in prison after entering his plea Monday to battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm involving a woman he lived with in November 2013.

The case stemmed from allegations that kidnapped, assaulted, coerced and hit the woman with a gun, and confined her to a closet.

Kadmiri pleaded guilty last week to felony weapon, battery and theft charges in the March 2014 backstage shooting at the Excalibur hotel-casino. Two show employees were left with gunpowder burns, and Kadmiri suffered a black eye and bruises in a fight with well-muscled cast members of the Australian-themed men’s revue.

Kadmiri has been in custody since then at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas. He now awaits sentencing Dec. 29 in the Thunder From Down Under case and Dec. 30 in the domestic battery case.

His lawyers, John Momot and Yi Lin Zheng, declined to comment outside court.

Kadmiri was evaluated several times at the state’s Lakes Crossing center for criminal mental health treatment, and he has acknowledged in court that he takes medication to counter diagnoses of paranoia and depression.

He stood trial in July 2014 with different defense attorneys on nine felony charges that could have gotten him decades in state prison if he had been convicted in the Thunder From Down Under case. Those proceedings ended in a mistrial after jurors talked about evidence before beginning deliberations.

Last week, he admitted firing a .44-caliber handgun after he was found backstage trying to steal belongings, including thong underwear.

Kadmiri told reporters following his arrest that he decided to use the costumes as a disguise because he believed people were trying to kill him. He collected hats, shoes, props and underwear, and he was wearing a Sydney firefighters’ T-shirt and identified himself as a new cast member when he was arrested.

Police reported finding more than 2 grams of methamphetamine on Kadmiri, and he told investigators that he used the drug before the confrontation.

Kadmiri has a previous conviction in September 2011 for misdemeanor escape stemming from a March 2010 attempt to run from police who had handcuffed him during an arrest on unspecified felony charges.

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