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Mother accused of abuse has court appearance delayed

Posted at 10:24 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 15:22:53-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - A woman convicted of child abuse in 2016 was scheduled to be in court for a plea hearing Friday.

The hearing was set for 10:30 a.m. before Judge Javier Chon-Lopez at Pima County Superior Court. The hearing was continued to April 15.

A jury found stepfather Fernando Richter and mother Sophia guilty of child abuse in 2016, finding that they kept Sophia's three daughters imprisoned for years. They were tried together and Fernando Richter was sentenced to 58 years in prison, with Sophia Richter receiving a 20-year sentence. A judge eventually tossed out Sophia Richter's conviction.

In October, a judge reduced bail for Sophia Richter after all three of her daughters testified on behalf of her.


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