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Arizona in Brief: Week of Aug. 27

Police in Arizona: Letter falsely claims deportation effort

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Authorities in Arizona say they’re investigating a suspicious letter that falsely claims that local law enforcement officers are working directly with federal officials to deport those who may be living in the country illegally.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Flagstaff police and Coconino County Sheriff’s office rejected those claims, saying their officers aren’t deputized as Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers.

Flagstaff police said they don’t participate in general “round ups” of people who may be living in the country illegally.

A local resident received the letter, which was signed by the “Legal Americans Surveillance Citizens Project.”

The letter claimed to support President Donald Trump’s agenda to “rid our country” of people who are “not true citizens.”

Anyone receiving such a letter is urged to report it.

Vandalized religious shrine near Bisbee is cleaned, repaired

BISBEE (AP) — Authorities say a religious shrine near Bisbee that was vandalized has been cleaned and repaired.

Cochise County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the State Route 80 location on Aug. 7 and found that a large statue of the Virgin Mary was broken off its base with the top portion missing.

Three other smaller statues had the heads broken off and missing.

Sheriff’s officials say all of the statues were located inside of a shelter at a pullout area off the highway.

The shelter is open to the public.

Sheriff’s officials say new statues now are in place, but they’re still looking for information that could lead to the arrest of the vandals.

State Route 80 is a 120-mile stretch of highway in southeastern Arizona that runs to the New Mexico border.

Man acquitted in 2013 bondsmen murders still gets prison

PHOENIX (AP) — A man acquitted in the fatal shooting of two bail bondsmen at a Phoenix apartment complex has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for other offenses.

Anthony Giunta was sentenced Friday for narcotics and dangerous drug violations plus misconduct involving weapons and aggravated assault.

Phoenix police say bondsmen David Brickert and Wesley Kampen were trying to arrest Giunta in April 2013 for missing a court hearing in a case that involved weapons and drug charges.

Prosecutors say Giunta was being handcuffed by the bondsmen when a co-defendant shot them.

Jurors couldn’t reach a verdict in co-defendant Nicholas Malicki’s first-degree murder trial that ended two months ago.

Giunta was convicted of resisting arrest, but found not guilty on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault.

Man gets life in prison for killing ex-girlfriend in Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — A Russian man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in Phoenix two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Superior Court officials say Igor Zubko was sentenced Friday for first-degree murder. The 27-year-old requested a plea deal to serve a life prison term to avoid the death penalty.

Zubko was accused of killing 22-year-old Shayley Estes. The Arizona State student was found dead from gunshot wounds inside her home in July 2015.

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