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Officer To Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says a police officer will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in a neck-restraint death case.

Lombardo says Monday Las Vegas Officer Kenneth Lopera is expected to surrender to authorities to face charges in the death last month of Tashii S. Brown, 40, at a casino.

The Clark County Coroner says Lopera's neck hold killed Brown. Coroner John Fudenberg says an autopsy also found that Brown was intoxicated by methamphetamine and that he had an enlarged heart.

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Lombardo says that in addition to involuntary manslaughter, Lopera will be charged with oppression under color of office.

If convicted, the two charges could get Lopera up to eight years in state prison