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Attorney found severely beaten in Henderson

Attorney found severely beaten in Henderson

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Nov 16, 2011

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- David Amesbury, a local attorney who pleaded guilty in the recent HOA fraud case, was found severely beaten on the side of the road in Henderson on Wednesday morning.

Police said they were called to Dogwood Ranch Avenue at about 6 a.m.

When they arrived, they found Amesbury severely beaten outside. It appeared he'd been the victim of an assault. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. His condition was not released.

57-year-old Amesbury pleaded guilty on Oct. 24 for his role in a scheme to fraudulently gain control of a condominium HOA in the Las Vegas area. The scheme was set up so HOAs would direct business to a law firm and construction company.

Amesbury pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

His sentencing is scheduled for January 23, 2012 and he faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

The circumstances surrounding the beating were not immediately clear. Henderson police said they were continuing to investigate the case, with help from the FBI and Metro police.

"At this time, there is no evidence that the assault on Mr. Amesbury was related to the federal investigation into local homeowners associations," a spokesperson for the FBI told Action News. "However, if we do uncover evidence that Mr. Amesbury was targeted because he was a federal witness, we will aggressively seek to charge the perpetrators to the maximum extent of federal law."

Action News will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.