EL CENTRO — A 57-year-old Calexico man accused of real estate fraud withdrew his plea on Thursday during his sentencing hearing and instead will be tried for 18 felony counts.

Jose Rodriguez withdrew his no contest plea after being advised by a local judge that the court intended to sentence him to jail, despite previously having indicated he wouldn’t be incarcerated.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at jmorales@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3415.

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