10-year sentence in 'Thunder From Down Under' case in Vegas

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Posted: May 27, 2016 6:17 PM
10-year sentence in 'Thunder From Down Under' case in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas man who admitted firing a gun while trying to steal costumes and props from the "Thunder From Down Under" male revue in March 2014 has been sentenced to 10 to 25 years in Nevada state prison.

Joey Kadmiri told a Clark County District Court judge on Thursday that he used methamphetamine before the backstage shooting at the Excalibur hotel-casino that police said left two show employees with gunpowder burns.

"I want to blame it on the drugs," he said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/22r9Bir ). "But I have to blame it on the person who took the drugs, which is me."

His attorneys, Yi Lin Zheng and John Momot, said the 26-year-old Kadmiri was abused as a child by his father, and has continuing mental illness.

Kadmiri pleaded guilty last November to felony weapon, battery and theft charges in the "Thunder" case — and to battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily injury in a separate domestic violence case.

That case stemmed from allegations that he kidnapped, assaulted, coerced and hit a woman with a gun, and confined her to a closet in November 2013.

In the shooting case, Kadmiri admitted sneaking backstage at the Australian-themed men's striptease show, where police said he was caught by muscular cast members as he picked through belongings in the performers' dressing room.

Two workers were injured, including one who police said was struck by debris from a wall after another knocked Kadmiri's hand to the side as he fired a .44 Magnum handgun near the man's head.

Witnesses said Kadmiri was wearing a Sydney firefighters' T-shirt and identified himself as a new cast member when he was arrested. He later told reporters that he needed a disguise because he believed people were trying to kill him.

Kadmiri acknowledged in court that he takes medication to counter diagnoses of paranoia and depression, and he underwent several psychological examinations as judges tried to determine whether he was competent for trial.

Prosecutors said he faked his mental health issues.

Kadmiri 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.