Sentencing reset for Saudi convicted in Vegas case
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Sentencing was postponed in Nevada for a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant found guilty of raping a 13-year-old California boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.
A judge noted Wednesday that 24-year-old Mazen Alotaibi (MAH'-zen ah-loh-TAH'-bee) faces a mandatory minimum of 35 years in state prison before she agreed to delay sentencing to March 31.
The judge let Alotaibi's trial attorney, Don Chairez (shar-EHZ'), turn the case over to defense attorneys Dominic Gentile (jen-TEEL') and Vincent Savarese (sav-ahr-EES').
Savarese says he and Gentile want to review the trial record and prepare an appeal of Alotaibi's conviction.
A jury found Alotaibi guilty in October of kidnapping and forcing sex on the boy in the bathroom of a sixth-floor room at the Circus Circus hotel on New Year's Eve 2012.