Illegal immigrant convicted of kidnapping, attempted sexual assault gets new trial

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — An illegal immigrant convicted of kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of a child in Omaha was granted a new trial Friday after the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled authorities failed to advise him he faced deportation.

Hector Medina-Liborio, 28, is serving a prison term of 40 to 50 years after pleading no contest to the felony charges in 2010. In a majority opinion released Friday, the court overturned his conviction, allowing him to enter a plea of not guilty because neither the prosecutor nor District Judge J. Michael Coffey advised Medina-Liborio beforehand that he faced deportation to Mexico if convicted.

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