Man Sentenced In North Las Vegas Strip Club Slaying Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to eight
to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in the slaying of a former strip club employee.

Kenneth Counts was convicted in February by a Clark County District Court jury that acquitted him of murder with a deadly weapon.

Counts was one of several people charged in the shooting death of 44-year-old Timothy Hadland on March 19, 2005.

Authorities say Hadland was killed because he talked badly about the Palomino Club to taxi drivers, costing the club revenue.

In February, the former owner of the North Las Vegas club, Luis
Hidalgo Jr., was arrested and charged in Hadland's killing.

Hidalgo's 28-year-old son, Luis Hidalgo III, also is facing murder charges.

Several other co-defendants have pleaded guilty to lesser charges or have had their case stayed by the Supreme Court.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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