Defendant in Swarm Beating Outside MGM Grand to Get New Trial

One of the defendants sentenced in connection with a swarm beating of an employee outside the MGM Grand casino-resort is getting a new trial.

Asryen Brown and his lawyers were upset at the two- to five-year
prison sentence Brown received last month.

19-year-old Brown had struck a plea deal with prosecutors to testify in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of battery with substantial bodily harm while other charges were dropped.

Brown had expected to avoid prison time.

Instead, District Judge James Brennan gave Brown the maximum
penalty for the charge.

District Judge David Barker decided to allow Brown to have a new trial on the three charges he had been facing prior to the plea agreement.

They were conspiracy to commit battery and two felonies, including battery with substantial bodily harm and coercion.

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