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Man in case of Mexico border smuggling, rape of girl heads to trial

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In an unusual move, a man who pleaded guilty in the rape of a 14-year-old girl he was smuggling across the border from Mexico will be headed to trial.

The judge rejected a plea deal for Jose Ramon Mancinas Flores, arguing the sentence would not be long enough to fit the crime, and has now dismissed the lawyer's motion that the case be thrown out on the grounds that most of the witnesses have been deported.

The trial has been tentatively set for January.

Bob Ortega, reporter for the Arizona Republic, has more.