LAS VEGAS — When authorities announced the arrest of David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman in Aug. 2012, they referred to it as a “domestic terror operation”.
Brutsche, a convicted sex offender with a lengthy criminal record, and Newman, an elderly woman with ties to the The Church of Scientology, were accused on conspiring to kidnap a random police officer, trying him in a makeshift court and then executing him.
Undercover officers said that both Brutsche and Newman hated law enforcement and reportedly stated that they had no issue whatsoever in killing a police officer..
Authorities said that they met with both parties approximately 30 times and it appeared that they had a case a strong case.
At their initial arrangement, Brutsche had his bail set at $600,000 and Newman had her bail set at $200,000, apparently to reflect the seriousness of their crimes.
The case began to crumble and then the deal making began
Some of the more serious charges were dropped and bail for both Brutsche and Newman was substantially reduced.
Newman pleaded guilty in December to a misdemeanor and was sentenced to probation.
Brutsche cut a deal and on Monday pleaded guilty to felony kidnapping conspiracy.
His sentencing is scheduled for April 7 and he is expected to receive a one year sentence.
Factoring in time serviced. David Allen Brutsche could be free before the end of 2014.
So what happened?
Why did the case against David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman fall apart?