Arizona

Feb 19, 2014 2:00 PM by Lupita Murillo

Pinal County prosecutor agrees to 90 day suspension

TUCSON- A Pinal County prosecutor agrees to a 90-day suspension from practicing law. It's all tied to a Pima County capital murder case he was prosecuting.

Richard Wintory worked at the Pima County Attorney's office and the Attorney General's office before, recently, taking the job in Pinal County.

Wintory told News 4 Tucson Crime Trackers he had signed the agreement, but he wasn't allowed to talk about it until its approved by the disciplinary judge.

The case centers around Darren Goldin. In 2010 he was accused of hiring a hit man to kill a rival drug dealer. According to reports, the signed agreement between Wintory and the State Bar of Arizona states: "Richard Wintory had several inappropriate telephone communications with a confidential intermediary hired by defense attorneys." He didn't reveal the number of times they spoke.

Also in the agreement Wintory, "Conditionally admits" he violated the state's rules of professional conduct for attorneys.

It's reported, Wintory signed the agreement instead of facing a disciplinary hearing.

As for Goldin, who was once facing the death penalty, he was allowed to plead guilty to second degree murder. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

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