Ruling: Time served elsewhere counts in Arizona

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- An Arizona court ruling says criminal defendants are entitled to credit for pretrial incarceration time served in another country if that time behind bars stems from the defendant's Arizona case.

The state Court of Appeals made that ruling in an appeal for a man who failed to appear for his trial in a Pima County sexual abuse case and was convicted in his absence.

David Cecena was in custody in Mexico for about 10 1/2 months before he was extradited to Arizona and sentenced in 2013 to 20 years in prison.

The Court of Appeals' ruling sends Cecena's case back to Superior Court for a judge to determine whether Cecena's time behind bars in Mexico actually stemmed from the Arizona case.