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Kingman Man sentenced to 10 years for molestation of 5-year-old girl

Eric A. Urquijo Jr.

Eric A. Urquijo Jr.

KINGMAN - A 20-year-old Kingman man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to charges that he molested a 5-year-old girl.

The sentence was stipulated in a plea agreement between prosecutors and defense attorney Art Higgs.

Eric A. Urquijo Jr., pleaded guilty pursuant to Alford to charges of attempted child molestation.

An Alford plea is similar to a no contest plea in which a defendant doesn't formally admit guilt but acknowledges that there is evidence against them.

In this case, that evidence included cell phone footage of the incident recorded on Urquijo's phone, said Prosecutor Victoria Stazio.

Urquijo briefly addressed the court during the sentencing hearing and hinted at his reluctance to take the deal.

"I've never done anything negative in my life," Urquijo Jr., said. "There's no way to prove I didn't do it. It's hard to explain. I don't know what to do."

Mohave Superior Court Judge Steven Conn answered by saying, "Of course, what you could've done is not plead guilty."

Urquijo was staying with the girl's family at the time of the incident last July.

It's not clear how the footage was located on his phone.

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