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Judge rejects new trial, sets sentencing for Saudi airman guilty of raping boy in Vegas hotel


LAS VEGAS — A Nevada judge rejected a call for a new trial for a Saudi Arabian air force sergeant found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas Strip hotel.

Clark County District Judge Stefany Miley issued her ruling Wednesday in the case of 25-year-old Mazen Alotaibi, and set sentencing Jan. 28.

Alotaibi faces a mandatory minimum of 35 years in state prison.

Defense attorney Dominic Gentile (jen-TEEL') had argued Alotaibi deserved a new trial because a witness said he lied during testimony about how intoxicated Alotaibi was before encountering the boy at the Circus Circus hotel on New Year's Eve 2012.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth called intoxication a small detail amid overwhelming DNA and medical evidence and witness testimony that Alotaibi forced sex on the boy.

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