Man dies after fatal Vegas Strip punch
A man accused of delivering a fatal Las Vegas Strip punch has maintained his innocence, claiming he was stalked.
Casino.org reports that Brandon Leath, who allegedly threw a single fatal punch on the Strip denies any wrongdoing, but faces a murder charge in the death of a retired police officer.
Leath, 33, appeared in Las Vegas court for allegedly causing death of a retired Connecticut state trooper who was visiting Nevada.
Last Wednesday, when Leath apepared before Las Vegas justice of the peace Diana Sullivan, she warned him not to speak in court, but he did so anyway.
“I have been stalked, and there have been people that have been doing a lot of things,” he said.
“This is very serious, this is my life, I did not do anything wrong.”
Shortly after the punch, Leath was apprehended by officers, when he denied punching Thomas Driscoll, but confirmed he was in the area of the incident.
The victim, 57-year-old Mr Driscoll, worked for the Connecticut State Police for 22 years before retiring in 2009.
For much of his career, he was assigned to the bomb squad.
Driscoll and a woman were walking across a pedestrian bridge between The Cromwell Las Vegas Casino and Bally’s Las Vegas Casino when Leath began arguing with them.
Then, the couple took a downward escalator and Leath allegedly made his way down nearby stairs.
The confrontation continued at the base of the escalator where Leath allegedly punched Driscoll, with the ex trooper falling onto his back from the impact.
Driscoll suffered injuries to the area near the base of his skull, with the incident captured on surveillance camera video.
Las Vegas Sands suffering from pandemic induced losses
The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on global casino operator Las Vegas Sands, which reported a fourth-quarter loss.
Barrons reported in January that on an adjusted basis, Las Vegas Sands notched a loss of 32 cents a share, compared with positive earnings of 88 cents in 2019’s fourth quarter.
Fourth quarter revenue totaled a little more than $1.1 billion, down 67 per cent from $3.5 billion in the corresponding period in 2019.
In after hours trading, the stock was at $48 and change, down about one cent.
The company’s financial results were partly overshadowed by the death of its founder and longtime chief executive officer Sheldon Adelson in early January, aged 87.
Company veteran Robert G Goldstein who stepped in as chairman and chief executive officer on an interim basis, was officially named to those positions earlier this week.
Goldstein has been with the company since 1995, most recently having worked as chief operating officer.
Speaking to analysts on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call Wednesday after the market closed, Goldstein, who described Adelson as a great friend and mentor said “the last two weeks have been the most difficult in our company’s history.”
In a release following the market’s close Wednesday, Goldstein said “the recovery process from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress in both Macau and Singapore, but concerns remain.”
Asked about trends in Macau, where Las Vegas Sands generates a big chunk of its revenues, a company executive on the call cited “the trending of the pandemic and some of these isolated outbreaks” in certain provinces in China.
“With that in mind, it’s not easy to see a relaxation in terms of the current guidelines in terms of travel” in China, the executive added.
Another issue Las Vegas Sands faces is that the company’s concession to operate its properties in China comes up for renewal in less than two years.
Although the company is based in Las Vegas, most of its revenue comes from operations outside the United States, in places such as Macau and Singapore.
In 2019, for example, about $1.8 billion, or about 13 per cent of the company’s $13.7 billion of net revenues came from Las Vegas.