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Negotiations to be renewed in Colotl case

1:40 PM, Oct 7, 2011   |    comments
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County judge has ordered prosecutors to renew negotiations over what should happen to a former Kennesaw State University student who is in the country illegally.

Jessica Colotl sparked a nationwide immigration debate when she was nearly deported last year after being jailed for a driving offense. Police discovered she was in the U.S. illegally. Her parents brought her over the border from Mexico when she was 11.

Friday afternoon, Superior Court Judge Mary Staley told Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and District Attorney Pat Head to start over in their negotiations on what should happen to Colotl.

The 23-year-old KSU graduate qualified for a program that would cancel a felony conviction for lying to authorities about her address during her arrest for driving without a license. Warren objected to her entering the program.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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