Two of the three non-profits sharing a $1 million dollar donation that helped keep billionaire Marcy’s Law backer Henry Nicholas and his friend, Ashley Fargo out of prison, have ties to the Clark County District Attorney’s office and Nicholas’ defense attorney David Chesnoff.
According to the Guilty Plea Agreement filed in the case, the recipients of the donations “must be of the Defendant’s choosing and approved by the State…”
“This was a unique case. From what I was told, the judge couldn’t even approve the places that received the donation,” an assistant in Judge Jacqueline Bluth’s office told the Current.
Bluth did not respond to requests for comment.
Fargo and Nicholas were arrested at the Encore in Las Vegas in August 2018 when hotel personnel discovered a large assortment of controlled substances in their suite.
The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Nevada will receive a third of the $1 million donation. Chesnoff, who negotiated the agreement on behalf of Nicholas, is a member of the board of directors.
The Pact Coalition will also receive a third of the $1 million donation negotiated on behalf of the state by District Attorney Steve Wolfson. His deputy district attorney Elizabeth Mercer sits on the organization’s board of directors.
Mercer and her husband, former Metro Vice Detective Christopher Baughman, are alleged to have coerced witnesses who testified against convicted felon Ocean Fleming in 2012. Their alleged actions prompted Wolfson to disqualify his office from Fleming’s retrial, which was headed up by special prosecutor Adam Gill.
Chesnoff and Wolfson did not respond to the Current’s questions about how the recipients of the donation were chosen.