- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A new sentencing date has been set for a founder of the Minuteman border-watch group for convictions on charges that he molested a 5-year-old girl and showed her pornography.

Chris Simcox is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

He faces a 10- to 24-year prison sentence on his molestation convictions, but escaped a mandatory life sentence when a jury in early June acquitted him on charges that he engaged in sexual conduct with a 6-year-old girl.

Still, an attorney who assisted Simcox at trial has said he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, given tough sentencing guidelines on molestation convictions.

The Minuteman movement stepped into the spotlight in 2005 as illegal immigration heated up as a political issue, but splintered after Simcox and another co-founder parted ways.


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