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Arizona in Brief: Man sentenced in burning, killing of baby girl in Arizona

Adrian Ponce (Phoenix Police Department)

Adrian Ponce (Phoenix Police Department)

Man sentenced in burning, killing of baby girl in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse in the killing of an 8-month-old baby has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Adrian Ponce was sentenced Friday and also got lifetime probation. Authorities say Ponce burned and shook an 8-month-old girl who died of her injuries in 2013.

Ponce was not the baby’s biological father but was engaged to her mother.

Mesa police: Driver shot after car strikes officer

MESA (AP) — Mesa police say an officer and a man were hospitalized after the man’s car struck the officer during a traffic stop and that the officer then shot the man.

Police say the incident occurred early Saturday morning when police pulled over a man who was suspected of being impaired. Police Department spokesman Steve Berry said the driver didn’t follow officers’ instructions and then reversed his car, striking one of the officers and a police car. Berry said the officer dropped a stun gun before drawing his gun and shooting the driver. The officer suffered what the Mesa Police Association called a minor leg injury. No information was immediately available on the suspect’s injuries and no identities were released.

Arizona man pleads guilty to killing Utah youth rehab worker

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Arizona man has pleaded guilty to killing a staffer at a southern Utah youth-rehabilitation facility. The Salt Lake Tribune reports 18-year-old Clay Brewer of Snowflake, Arizona admitted Thursday that he beat 61-year-old Jimmy Woolsey to death with a piece of metal in 2016. Brewer was 17 years old at the time and was staying at the ranch near Escalante.

Prosecutors say the teenager attacked Woosley around a campfire and then beat another staffer’s hand and head while she tried to keep him out of a cabin where other campers were hiding. Brewer told police in an interview that he was suffering from drug withdrawals and started “freaking out.” Brewer’s attorney Ron Yengich said in a statement that his client apologized to the victims and the community and discussed the dangers of opioid abuse in America.

2 women arrested for trying to bring meth across border

TUCSON (AP) — Officials at the Arizona-Mexico border say two women from the U.S. were caught trying to smuggle pounds of methamphetamines.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the pair arrived at Port of San Luis on Wednesday in a Ford sedan. Officers referred them for additional questioning. A drug-sniffing canine alerted officers to the presence of drugs. A search turned up 27 pounds (12.3 kilograms) of meth inside the car’s panels. The drugs, valued at almost $80,000, and the vehicle were seized. The women, 26 and 54 years old, were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Neither their names nor their cities of residence were released.