Two get 30-month prison terms for roles in officer's slaying

Two brothers charged with helping a suspect in the slaying of a police officer hide the gun were sentenced Monday to a maximum 30 months in prison.

Emmitt and Michael Ferguson pleaded guilty in September to felony accessory to murder for their role in the November 2009 slaying of Las Vegas police officer Trevor Nettleton.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped a conspiracy count.

The brothers were sentenced by District Judge Jessie Walsh.

Four other defendants are awaiting trial on multiple felonies including murder with use of a deadly weapon and burglary: Saul Williams Jr., Quadrae Scott, Prentice Marshall and Adrian Pena.

North Las Vegas police say Marshall, Pena, Williams and Scott were in Pena's car when they saw the garage door of Nettleton's North Las Vegas home open.

Nettleton, who had just finished his patrol shift, was inside. During an attempted robbery of Nettleton, a gun battle ensued. Marshall was shot in the testicles, and Nettleton was shot and killed by Marshall, police said.

Contact Francis McCabe at or 702-380-1039.