Posted to Review Journal
January 15, 2015
A former attorney who ran an unsuccessful bid for Clark County District Attorney was sentenced Thursday to five years probation on three felony charges stemming from a roadside confrontation with Las Vegas police.
Raymond James “Jim” Duensing, 38, was convicted in November on charges of resisting a police officer , carrying a concealed weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with an Oct. 2009 traffic stop in the northwest valley. An officer shot Duensing three times when he tried to run.
The Pahrump attorney ran an unsuccessful bid on the Libertarian ticket this year to become Clark County’s top prosecutor and head the office that pursued the criminal case against him. He was the only opponent to incumbent Steve Wolfson, who was elected with 72 percent of the vote.
At the sentencing Thursday, Duensing called himself a “pillar of the community,” who has long been a civic activist. He was returning home to Las Vegas from a political rally in northern Nevada the afternoon he was stopped by Metro motorcycle officer David Gilbert on a traffic violation.
“I’ve maintained my innocence from day one,” Duensing said of the encounter, though he admitted to running from the officer after being hit with the Taser stun gun.
IPR has covered this story, including a request for letters to the judge regarding sentencing, in a few articles: