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Pima County Sheriff's cleared in fatal 2011 chase

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Pima County Sheriff's Department has been cleared in the 2011 death of a Tucson motorist.

A county jury instead put total blame on a robbery suspect who fled from deputies, ran a red light and crashed into the car driven by the 73-year-old victim.

The Arizona Daily Star says jurors deliberated about two hours Wednesday before entering a judgment of nearly $394,000 against Patrick Gutierrez.

The 45-year-old Gutierrez was sentenced to 18 years in prison in September after pleading guilty to second-degree murder, robbery and two counts of endangerment.

Authorities say Joseph Marques sustained fatal injuries in the accident on April 1, 2011, and died several days later.

Marques' widow and her 11 children filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the sheriff's department.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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