A 53-year-old man who claims to be a British royal will spend up to five years in a Nevada prison.
Alexander Montagu-Manchester pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in a break-in at a home in July, filing a false police report, and to a misdemeanor of driving under the influence of drugs. If convicted during a trial, he could have been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
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In a rambling statement, Montagu-Manchester blamed the criminal case largely on a troubled marriage. His public defender asked that Montagu-Manchester be released on probation, but Judge Douglas Herndon said the defendant deserved prison.
“I don’t trust you to complete a probation,” said Herndon.
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Montagu-Manchester will be eligible for parole in 14 months.
His British title, the 13th Duke of Manchester, dates back 950 years to the time of William the Conqueror.