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New trial date set for Scottsbluff man previously convicted for sexually assaulting a child

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A new trial date has been set for a Scottsbluff man whose 52 years to life prison sentence was vacated by the Nebraska Supreme Court.

37-year-old Eric Rocha is set to stand trial on a refiled charge of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child later this spring.

In a split decision last summer , the Nebraska Supreme Court vacated the convictions and sentence of Rocha for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl and beating her three brothers.

Rocha was initially sentenced to 12 to 20 years on four felony child abuse charges. Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner says Rocha will not be retried on those counts.

A pretrial conference for the 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child charge is set for May 22nd, and is set to go to trial in the jury term that begins on June 2nd. If he is once again convicted on the charge, he is facing a mandatory prison sentence ranging from 20 years to life.

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