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Originally published Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Former WA man convicted in Nicaragua

The family of a University of Washington graduate convicted in Nicaragua is asking the State Department to intervene.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

The family of a University of Washington graduate convicted in Nicaragua is asking the State Department to intervene.

The family of 34-year-old Jason Puracal says he was wrongly convicted Monday of drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

The family is working with Congressman Adam Smith of Washington who says he's asking the State Department to "explore all options under international law."

Puracal was arrested in November at his real estate office. He went to Nicaragua in 2002 with the Peace Corps and stayed to start a family and a business. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 6.

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