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Felony Battery Case Dropped Against Ex-Nevada GOP Consultant

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Felony charges have been dropped in Nevada against a former Republican political consultant who was accused of imprisoning and battering his girlfriend.

Benjamin Sparks' attorney, Joshua Tomsheck, said Wednesday that prosecutors wouldn't have been able to prove kidnapping, domestic battery and coercion charges in a grand jury indictment filed in January.


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The case stemmed from allegations Sparks scuffled with his girlfriend in March 2018 at their home in Las Vegas.


Tomsheck declined to say where his 37-year-old client now lives or what work he does.


Sparks still faces trial in Las Vegas on a misdemeanor battery charge. Tomsheck says he'll plead not guilty.

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Sparks had worked on Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and for former Nevada Congressman Crescent Hardy, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Mexico congressional candidate Yvette Herrell.