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Australian man claiming British title stays jailed in Vegas

This undated photo provided by the Clark County

This undated photo provided by the Clark County Detention Center shows Alexander Montagu-Manchester. Photo Credit: AP

LAS VEGAS - An Australian man who claims to hold a British royal title will remain jailed in Las Vegas at least until next month, pending the possible resolution of felony false police report and burglary charges carrying a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, a judge said Tuesday.

Alexander Montagu-Manchester, 53, said nothing in court as he stood shackled to other prisoners.

Montagu-Manchester identified himself to police as Britain's 13th Duke of Manchester, Las Vegas police have said. The title dates back 950 years.

His court-appointed lawyer, Justin Glasgow, said outside court Tuesday that he hadn't asked his client about his lineage. The Australian consulate in Los Angeles said in a statement that officials haven't been asked to provide assistance to Montagu-Manchester.

He was not asked in court to enter a plea to a burglary charge arising from a woman's report that she woke about 2:30 a.m. July 6 to find a shirtless and shoeless man with gray hair trying to get into her bedroom. The woman told police the man dropped a box and ran when he saw her talking on the telephone to police dispatchers.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Eric Goodman set a Sept. 26 hearing to give prosecutors and defense attorneys time to negotiate possible plea agreements involving a total of three criminal cases against Montagu-Manchester. He could face up to 14 years in Nevada state prison if convicted of the two felony charges.

The judge said the defendant won't be released from jail because his Aug. 12 arrest on a felony false police report charge violated terms of his previous release on the burglary charge.

Montagu-Manchester is due to appear in court Wednesday with a different defense attorney before a different judge in the false report case.

Authorities allege that Montagu-Manchester concocted a story that his estranged wife, Laura Montagu, attacked him Aug. 1 and cut his left thumb with a knife while he was moving into a new apartment. His left thumb was bandaged during his Tuesday court appearance.

Police said Laura Montagu denied injuring Montagu-Manchester or ever visiting the new apartment. A moving company employee and hospital medical personnel told police that Montagu-Manchester told them he cut himself using a bayonet to slice packing tape.

Montagu-Manchester faces another court appearance Thursday on a misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs charge alleging he had high levels of the prescription muscle-relaxant benzodiazepine in his system when he was stopped last Dec. 30 while driving a 2008 Lincoln Navigator SUV in Las Vegas. The drug is commonly marketed as Valium or Xanax.

Genealogy records say Alexander Charles David Drogo Montagu was born in Australia to the late Angus Charles Drogo Montagu, the 12th Duke of Manchester, and Mary Eveleen McClure. Alexander Montagu succeeded to the title of 13th Duke of Manchester in July 2002. He has been married three times.

A British consular official on Friday declined to give information about Montagu-Manchester without his authorization.

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