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Mohave County prosecutors do not file for death penalty against Alfredo Blanco

Alfredo Blanco

Alfredo Blanco

KINGMAN – The timeline to seek the death penalty for Alfredo Blanco, accused of murder, passed without any filings from Mohave County prosecutors, who apparently did not feel they had sufficient evidence to pursue the death sentence.

Defense attorney Robin Puchek said it looks like “that ship has sailed” after discussing the evidence with prosecuting attorney Bob Moon.

Puchek on Monday asked Judge Steven Conn to continue the pretrial hearing to allow for rehabilitation of Blanco’s foot and hand. Blanco was arrested in January at a rehabilitation center in Youngtown after suffering a stroke and losing movement in his limbs.

Conn said he’s smart enough to be a judge, but not a doctor, and he wasn’t comfortable ruling on something he knows nothing about. He set the next hearing for May 30 to give attorneys time to file paperwork with Mohave County jail to see what the issues are with Blanco’s rehab.

Blanco, 61, is accused of killing real estate agent Sidney Cranston Jr. on June 19, 2015, and burying his body on a ranch east of Kingman. Cranston was missing for 19 months before authorities discovered his remains on Jan. 7.

Puchek noted that he gave Moon 16 new items of disclosure for evidence, including the polygraph test on William Sanders, an associate of Blanco, who eventually led authorities to Cranston’s body.

Puchek added that Moon has indicated there may not be a plea offer in this case.Blanco pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, concealment of a dead body and tampering with evidence.

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