Former Arizona politician gets more prison time in adoption scheme

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A former Arizona politician could serve up to 15 years in prison for operating an illegal adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands after he was given his third sentence Wednesday in Utah.

Paul Petersen had already been ordered to serve 11 years in prison in Arizona and Arkansas.

Utah Judge Linda M. Jones sentenced him to 1-15 years under Utah’s judicial rules that set a sentencing range and leave it up to the parole board to decide now long a person actually serves. She said the Utah sentence will run concurrently with the other prison time, which means Petersen could be done with his Utah prison time by the time he completes his other sentences or have up to four more years.

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