NOGALES, AZ (The Nogales International) – Two years after pleading guilty to having had sexual contact with two girls ages 6 and 9, Ignacio Andrade Duarte was sentenced to a total of five years in prison for the offenses.
“This case is old by any standard,” said Judge Thomas Fink, who noted the many delays in the proceedings prior to handing down the sentence Monday at Santa Cruz County Superior Court.
The delays in sentencing began when Andrade fled to California after accepting a plea deal in January 2016, then tried unsuccessfully to back out of the agreement following his capture and extradition back to Nogales. When it looked like he’d finally be sentenced last November, his privately retained lawyer Garrett Wilkes failed to show up for the hearing after twice being granted extensions.
But there was no delaying justice Monday, when Fink rejected another request from Wilkes to continue the sentencing and opted to send Andrade to prison with credit for 664 days already served in jail.
Andrade, 47, was convicted of one count of molestation of a child, a Class 2 felony, and one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor, a Class 4 …
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