Criminal Justice

Lawyer shot by Vegas cop after traffic stop is convicted of felonies, jailed to await sentencing

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A lawyer shot by a Las Vegas police officer in 2009 after being pulled over in a traffic stop has been convicted of three felonies.

Raymond James “Jim” Duensing was found guilty Monday by a Clark County jury of resisting a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The officer said he shot the attorney because he reached for a gun as he ran from the scene.

Attorney Tom Pitaro represented Duensing. He argued that the officer couldn’t have seen the gun, because it was in a buttoned cargo pocket.

The judge ordered Duensing jailed after the verdict, as he awaits his January sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of 12 years.

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