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Valdez accepts agreement on sentence

James Valdez agreed to a sentence of life without the possibility of parole, while retaining his rights to appeal from the jury's finding of guilt, instead of facing the death penalty in a penalty hearing that was to begin yesterday.

The Las Vegas Review Journal notes interviews with jurors suggested that two jurors believed the state did not prove first degree murder, but agreed to return a verdict for that offense after obtaining a compromise, during the guilt/innocence phase deliberations, that Valdez would not get the death penalty.

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