Not guilty pleas entered for Calif. ex-con, Las Vegas woman held in sovereign citizen case

A Nevada judge has entered a not guilty plea for a California ex-convict and a Las Vegas woman pleaded not guilty to plotting to kidnap police officers to draw attention to an anti-authority sovereign citizen philosophy.

David Allen Brutsche (brew-SHAY') refused to enter the plea himself Tuesday, saying the court didn't have authority over him. He and Devon Campbell Newman each invoked their right to a speedy trial on a felony kidnap conspiracy charge. They face up to six years in prison if convicted.

Trial is set for Dec. 9.

Brutsche is being held on $600,000 bail. Newman is being held on $200,000 bail.

They were arrested Aug. 20 after Las Vegas police say undercover detectives spent months with them, plotting what investigators said amounted to a domestic terror plot.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com