Life sentences from 1992 Tucson homicide upheld

PHOENIX - A federal appeals court has refused to overturn the conviction of a man linked a 1992 robbery and triple murder in Tucson.

The U.S. 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the three consecutive life sentences for Martin Soto-Fong would stand despite questionable statements by a detective and despite a prosecutor who was later disbarred.

Soto-Fong and two others were charged with robbing a market, killing Fred Gee, Huang Zee Wan, and Raymond Arriola.

The appeal centered on detective Joseph Godoy's testimony that Soto-Fong's lawyers said was filled will lies.

But Judge Robert Timlin said a review of the testimony failed to convince him that Godoy's testimony was false or misleading.

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