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No plea deal in AZ child imprisonment case

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34-year-old Fernando Richter and 32-year-old Sophia Richter 34-year-old Fernando Richter and 32-year-old Sophia Richter

Prosecutors aren't cutting a plea deal for a southern Arizona couple accused of imprisoning the woman's three daughters inside their Tucson home.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said there is no further information on the case. The couple's next court date is scheduled for Feb. 10.

"Working with detectives from both the Tucson Police Department and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, we continue to see truly phenomenal cooperation as both agencies conduct a professional, thorough and extraordinarily well-coordinated investigation.

"Specifically, I want to recognize Tucson Chief of Police Robert Villaseñor and his Detectives, Hickey and Avalos, and Sgt. Pegnato-Hill also from the Tucson Police Department and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and his detective, Detective Munger from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office for their cooperation, outstanding work, investigation, and dedication to working with and remaining in communication with my prosecutors throughout the investigation.

"At this time, we have no further information to disclose. Once able, my office will certainly provide further details related to this case."

Fernando and Sophia Richter are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Fernando Richter and his 32-year-old wife Sophia Richter appeared in Pima County Superior Court for a status conference.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and child abuse.

They're accused of keeping the three girls locked in their rooms during a three-month period ending on Nov. 26. That's when police discovered the girls' alleged captivity.

Tucson police said the siblings are ages 12, 13 and 17.

Fernando Richter is the girls' 34-year-old stepfather. He also is charged with aggravated assault on two of the girls and assaulting a corrections officer in jail.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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