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Benny's Restaurant looks like it could be a Sonoran joint, or an antique store, or one of those midtown dive bars with the old signs and the dirt parking lots straddling the side of the street.

The Central Mexican restaurant sits in a pretty nondescript building on Grant Road, although it's been painted a lighter color since its blood red days as Fiorito's Italian. Inside, Benny's is homey and tan with a wall-mounted flatscreen TV playing YouTube ranchera mixes and episodes of the Mexican Voice. \u00a0\u00a0

If you're like all the other lunchers in the little place, you might be tempted to order the chimichangas or the carne asada platters with rice and refried beans. There's plenty of the sort. But I got a tip.\u00a0I think you should get this:\u00a0

\"Benny's

Hard to believe, but these are actually enchiladas. They're often done this way in Central Mexico, folded rather than rolled.\u00a0

These are called \"Enchiladas Potosinas,\" $8.99, not to be confused with the familiar cheese, red beef and green chicken enchiladas elsewhere on the menu. The word Potosina refers to the North Central Mexican state of San Luis Potos\u00ed, where owner Irma Palomo is from.\u00a0

A midsized Mexican plateau state with a mining economy and no coastline, San Luis Potos\u00ed is well-known for its fermented prickly pear drink colonche\u00a0as well as its folded enchiladas, made from corn masa tinged with red chiles. (For a visual guide to some of the foods of San Luis Potos\u00ed, check out the photographic menu at this popular San Luis Potos\u00ed restaurant Rincon Huasteco.)\u00a0 \u00a0

The story goes that Enchiladas Potosinas were an accident, the result of a cross-contamination at a local tortilla mill in the small town of Soledad. This mill also processed cascabel chiles, which ended up in local woman Do\u00f1a Cristina Jalomo's masa ... to everyone's delight.\u00a0

Because they're technically dry, the Enchiladas Potosinas look and taste more like tacos, spicy cheese-stuffed tacos with a 100 percent homemade masa. (That makes all the difference.) Palomo at Benny's is dedicated to making her masa from scratch, and it is indeed some of the best in town: hearty and soft with a touch of grittiness, texture, depth. My native-Arizonan lunch partners declared it was the best restaurant masa they've ever had. \u00a0\u00a0

\"Benny's

We got our sope with ground beef, because that's how we Arizonans like it ...

Palomo also shies away from the fryer, leaving less grease in other Central Mexican staples like sandal-shaped huaraches\u00a0and circular sopes, $2.49. The latter are round and deep and pinched at the ends, cupping in the ground beef and silken refried beans, like a big edible hug.\u00a0

Benny's also does gorditas, $2.49, (which I unfortunately have to clarify, bear no resemblance to their Taco Bell brethren). They are bready and crackly at the edges, filled with your choice of topping, shredded lettuce and a healthy dollop of lush Mexican cream.\u00a0

\"Benny's

It's easy to miss the gordita on the menu, but I definitely recommend seeking it out.\u00a0

But Benny's is also the only place in town that serves the mighty pambazo sandwich, $6.49 (pictured up top). It looks kinda like a torta, but it's technically not. The pambazo is actually dipped in a guajillo chile sauce until the spice penetrates the eggy bread, but the edges remain firm. Pambazos are typically stuffed with chorizo, potatoes and a handful of lettuce that spills out the edges. It is messy to eat, but of course, it's definitely worth it.\u00a0

Benny's Mexican Restaurant is at 2702 E. Grant Rd. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. 520-881-8841

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Two Tucson police officers serving an arrest warrant for a suspect wanted in an aggravated assault were shot Thursday morning at an apartment complex on the south side.

The 28-year-old man officers were trying to arrest was shot and killed by police during the exchange of gunfire inside an apartment, officials said.

One officer was shot in the shoulder-area and the bullet traveled through his chest, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a department spokesman.

Police Chief Chris Magnus said Thursday morning that the officer was in critical but stable condition at Banner-University Medical Center and being monitored in the intensive care unit.

The second officer was shot in the lower leg and was also treated at Banner. He was released from the hospital later in the day.

The shooting happened shortly before 7 a.m. at the Campbell Terrace Apartments, 4750 S. Campbell Ave., near Irvington Road.

Magnus, speaking to reporters outside the hospital, said the shooting occurred inside an apartment where the officers were serving an arrest warrant for felony aggravated assault.

Police are still looking into the suspect's criminal history, he said.

Magnus declined to release the names of the officers, saying only that they were both in uniform at the time of the shooting and have less than 10 years of experience on the police force.

These are the second and third Tucson police officers shot in the line of duty since late October. On Oct. 24, Officer Robert Miranda was shot by a suspect on the south side. The officer suffered a graze wound to his head. The suspect was shot and wounded in the incident.

\"This is way too many and it's very scary.\" Magnus said. \"We live in a climate where there are some dangerous individuals out there willing to shoot police officers over arrest warrants.\"

Dugan was unable to confirm Thursday if the officers were wearing bulletproof vests, but Tucson police's general orders require that all uniformed officers, including SWAT and special duty, wear a ballistic vest while on duty.

It's unclear if either officer was wearing a body camera.

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Police have identified the man whose body was discovered on fire in an alley Saturday morning as 25-year-old Omar M. Fox.

Shortly before 8 a.m., a resident was driving past an alley near the 3000 block of East Coconino Vista, north of the East Ajo Way and South Country Club Road intersection, when he saw a small fire. Once he got closer, the man realized it was a body and called 911, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Police arrived in minutes and immediately put out the fire with an extinguisher. It was confirmed that it was a body and the person was pronounced dead, Dugan said.

Homicide detectives arrived to continue the investigation.

A medical examination will be necessary to determine the cause of death, Dugan said.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident call 911 or 88-CRIME, should they wish to remain anonymous.

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The Arizona Wildcats could lose one of the defensive coaches they hired last offseason.

Cornerbacks coach Dont\u00e9 Williams is close to an agreement with Nebraska, HuskerOnline.com reported. The Rivals website cited \u201cmultiple sources\u201d in its report.

Williams came to Arizona in January from San Jose State, where he built a reputation as one of the best recruiters in the nation. Williams has strong ties in Southern California, and he has played an integral role in securing the UA\u2019s deep 2017 class. How many recruits would de-commit if Williams were to leave remains to be seen.

Multiple sources within the Arizona program were unaware of Williams\u2019 intentions as of early Friday afternoon. A message left with Williams was not returned.

Williams quickly has become a favorite among UA players for his energetic approach and hands-on style. The youngest coach on Arizona\u2019s staff, Williams turned 34 in September.

Despite inconsistent play on the field, Arizona\u2019s cornerbacks regularly raved about Williams. Veteran Dane Cruikshank tweeted the following about Williams late Friday morning:

No matter what happens this will be my guy till the grave\u2757\ufe0f#PlayForCoachD pic.twitter.com/Q73rzbqrB7

\u2014 \u270c\ufe0f Smoove (@Dane2Smoove) December 2, 2016

One of Arizona\u2019s commitments, linebacker Joshua Brown from Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic, also chimed in:

He not going anywhere https://t.co/EmKuPlk03B

\u2014 Joshua Brown (@Jbrown3_) December 2, 2016

It\u2019s possible that Arizona could offer Williams a sizable raise in a last-ditch effort to keep him. Aside from coordinators Marcel Yates and Calvin Magee, all UA assistant coaches are on one-year contracts.

If Williams does leave, Yates could coach cornerbacks. He played defensive back and coached DBs before coming to Arizona, where he coaches linebackers. In that scenario, the UA would add a linebackers coach. The NCAA also is considering adding a 10th full-time assistant coach for FBS programs.

UPDATE: HuskersIllustrated.com reported that Williams is weighing Nebraska's offer and that a decision \"is expected quickly.\" The site reported that the offer includes a \"significant pay increase.\" Williams is making $215,000 at Arizona. The lowest-paid Nebraska assistant makes $300,000.

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The arena goes quiet just before the puck is to drop. Gasps pour out, followed by light chattering. A leader is down, a friend. Time stands still. A chill comes over an already chilly hockey game. Parents hug their children. Strangers hug each other. Tears well in the corners of eyes. In the moments to come, a parade of heroes fights to save a life, and four men fight to save a season.

The 26-year-old team captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, Craig Cunningham, has dropped to the ice, convulsing. He has lost consciousness. His heart stops.

Here\u2019s what happens next:

The team president

Bob Hoffman was high above the rink, watching the national anthem from his perch up on the runway. He was excited for the Nov. 19 Roadrunners game, the seventh scheduled home contest in team history.

The team has been a boon to the city so far, a real taste of professional sports played inside a remodeled arena. For a city without a major league sports franchise, the Roadrunners have been a shot in the arm.

Hoffman is in the middle of it all after being promoted to team president in mid-September, replacing the short-lived Brian Sandy.

Hoffman loves taking it all in. He\u2019s been involved in the sport for nearly two decades, most recently as the executive vice president for the ECHL\u2019s Quad City Mallards.

He\u2019s never seen anything like this.

Cunningham fell to the ice, and within five seconds, Hoffman was sprinting for the stairs.

\u201cAt points you think back, and it feels like it took forever, and sometimes it felt like a millisecond,\u201d he said.

Hoffman initially thought the forward had slipped and hit his head, but then two officials skated over and beckoned for medical help.

Trainers from both the Roadrunners and their opponent, the Manitoba Moose, bolted toward the ice. A group of local firemen who happened to be on the ice performing the national anthem as a Scottish bagpipe and drum band jetted over to help. Within seconds, Cunningham\u2019s jersey was cut off and medics performed chest compressions. He was placed on a stretcher and hurried out.

Hoffman quickly made it down to the home-team corner, his mind racing as quickly as his feet.

\u201cI\u2019ve been in the sport a long time, and I\u2019ve seen on-ice injuries, but I\u2019ve never seen anything like that,\u201d he said.

In the moments after, Hoffman had dual purposes.

\u201cI felt for Craig, but the attention he was receiving \u2014 they got to him quickly \u2014 that made me switch up,\u201d he said. \u201cHow are the players? How are the officials going to deal with this? We have a very young staff, and for most, it\u2019s their first time in hockey, and a lot of them got a good look at what was happening. Then it was about trying to make sure everything got checked off, whether it be for one minute, 10 minutes or an hour.\u201d

Hoffman quickly huddled with Tucson general manager Doug Soetaert behind the rink. The general manager of Manitoba, Craig Helsinger, happened to be at the game that night, too. The three discussed postponing the game.

\u201cI think what we noticed was the state the players were in, just seeing their facial expressions,\u201d Hoffman said.

They called American Hockey League officials, and within 10 minutes, a decision was made.

\u201cWe just realized there was no way we could put on a game,\u201d Hoffman said. \u201cIt was the psyche of players, but also the staff.\u201d

Hoffman remembers being backstage, looking at Soetaert, mouth agape, his mind a jumble.

What do we do now?

The general manager

Soetaert is, like Hoffman, a hockey lifer.

The Roadrunners\u2019 general manager played professional puck for years; after a half-decade bouncing between the AHL and the NHL\u2019s New York Rangers, he finally hooked on for good with the Winnipeg Jets in 1981. Soetaert played for the Montreal Canadiens and eventually hung up the skates back with the Rangers in 1987. He played with Mark Messier, went mano-a-mano with Patrick Roy, faced a Wayne Gretzky breakaway, for heaven\u2019s sake. He knows hockey.

Soetaert was a goaltender, after all; he\u2019s a protector.

That Saturday night, he\u2019d turned away just before the opening face-off and looked back, sitting up above in the press box. He looked back and saw someone on the ice. He didn\u2019t know who it was or what was happening.

Soetaert realized as soon as everyone else did that it was Cunningham, his dimpled team captain.

\u201cI thought he tripped and was laying there being silly, and then he laid there and laid there, and when you see the refs send the trainers over, you know it\u2019s serious,\u201d Soetaert said. \u201cIt was a traumatic experience visualizing what was going on. You could hear first responders working on him right away.\u201d

He remembers huddling backstage with Hoffman. Soetaert recalls the moment that he found out that Cunningham\u2019s mother, Heather, was in the stands. She had arrived that day from Trail, British Columbia.

Soetaert immediately went to look after her.

\u201cWe had to comfort her, first and foremost,\u201d he said. \u201cI made sure she was looked after.\u201d

Public address announcer Dave Lieb informed the crowd that the game was postponed, and most of the players bolted to St. Mary\u2019s Hospital, less than two miles from the arena.

Soetaert said that Heather accepted a ride to the hospital, still stunned at the scene that had unfolded, and by the time everyone got out, \u201cIt was 10 to 15 minutes later,\u201d Soetaert said.

It was a touch-and-go situation. Numerous code blues.

Soetaert felt for Heather. He attended the meetings with numerous doctors, nurses and specialists, right by her side.

\u201cIt was a real-life situation that she was going through, and we couldn\u2019t let her do that by herself,\u201d he said. \u201cShe was in very bad shape, seeing her son laying there, trying to understand why this happened. We were trying to comfort her. Everyone wants to know what\u2019s going on, and we were trying to keep the players as informed as possible.\u201d

Around 1 a.m., a specialist from Banner-University Medical Center arrived and performed a major operation, which Soetaert said is believed to be the first time a doctor has gone from UMC to St. Mary\u2019s to perform a surgery to stabilize a patient.

After his condition was stabilized, players started to filter out in groups. It was approaching 3 a.m.

\u201cIt wasn\u2019t only players and staffs working together, it was the doctors at both St. Mary\u2019s and UMC,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was just an unbelievable scene of people working together, right from the beginning until the end of the night. Everybody was pulling and praying, there was great communication from the doctors. And a lot of soul-searching.\u201d

The Roadrunners brought their sports psychologist in on Sunday for counseling. On Monday, the team higher-ups met to determine their course of action. Cunningham\u2019s condition had only slightly improved, and team officials told the media that the captain was \u201ccritically ill.\u201d

So was the psyche of the team.

\u201cWe did not feel very good about the group mentally being ready to play on Tuesday,\u201d Soetaert said. \u201cWe met with our leadership and decided we were too fragile to be playing.\u201d

But they also knew the blunt truth: Despite a tragedy, however stark, a season cannot be canceled.

The Roadrunners postponed two midweek games, but needed to set a return date. And that date would be the following Saturday, Nov. 26.

\u201cI don\u2019t know if you ever get past the anguish, but you have to have a reset button,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have to be mentally and physically ready to play. We all love him, support him, and there was nothing we could do, so we had to get back to some form of normality. As in life, you have to keep moving.\u201d

With so many moving parts, though, normality is a fluid thing. Hoffman estimates that on any given game night, there are roughly 120-130 employees working the game.

Can you ever be normal again after watching something like this?

That night, there were more than 2,000 people in the seats.

That means 4,000 eyes watching heartbreak unfold in real time. At least 50 of those eyes were all on one man: head coach Mark Lamb.

\u201cI acted how I act,\u201d he said. \u201cI don\u2019t know if it\u2019s good, bad, whatever, but you have to be an influence, have to be a leader. I thought about that a lot. Have I ever been in a situation like that before? No, but I\u2019ve been in some situations. I wouldn\u2019t say I\u2019m hardened by it, but I\u2019ve seen some things.\u201d

The coach

Lamb grew up on a farm. He calls his clan \u201ca rodeo family,\u201d and in the folksiest of rodeo parlance, he says, \u201cand I seen a lotta wrecks.\u201d A roper and rider himself, he\u2019s been in a few.

\u201cI\u2019ve seen a lot of guys being carried off on stretchers, but you know it\u2019s a broken bone, a shoulder,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cThis is \u2026 this is different. With that, you see a wreck, and you know something bad has happened. The other night, we didn\u2019t see a wreck.

\u201cWe just saw a guy laying on the ice, fighting for his life.\u201d

Like Hoffman and Soetaert and probably everyone else in the arena, the tragedies in his own life came flashing back.

Lamb remembers watching a player break his neck on the ice as a second-year pro. He recalled the 1986 Swift Current bus crash, when the Swift Current Broncos\u2019 team bus hit a patch of black ice and flipped, killing four players.

\u201cI told the guys, this is a game that can bring a lot of joy to your life,\u201d Lamb said, \u201cbut it can also bring sadness, and this is probably the most sadness I\u2019ve ever seen.\u201d

In that moment, Lamb, a 52-year-old father of three, had to look after two dozen of his other kids.

Standing in the Roadrunners locker room, Lamb wasn\u2019t prepared to address 20-plus physically tough but emotionally broken hockey players. \u201cYou gain some experience, but you\u2019re never ready for something like that, at all,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cYou can\u2019t be ready for that.\u201d

Not only did the horrors he\u2019s seen fill his thoughts, but thoughts of his own family did as well.

Like Soetaert, Lamb said, \u201cYou look and go, oh, my God, what about his parents? You start reflecting on everything, your own family, your own experiences, and those aren\u2019t positive things you\u2019re looking back on. Then as a coach, I\u2019m going, \u2018Wow, I have to be the leader of the ship now?\u2019\u201d

Lamb describes the locker room that followed the incident accurately, if sadly.

\u201cEveryone was in a somber mood, as it should be,\u201d he said.

Lamb could see his players easing back toward normalcy two days later, when they met for an informal skate session.

\u201cI think going out on the ice made everyone a little more comfortable,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cIt\u2019s what we\u2019re used to, and in a bad situation, we felt comfortable together, being at the rink.\u201d

Lamb was involved in the decision to cancel the two midweek games. These are his players, his kids. They weren\u2019t ready.

\u201cYou have to look at the big picture, and at the team,\u201d he said. \u201cWe do have men on the team, but there are still a lot of young kids who\u2019ve never dealt with this kind of situation. When you\u2019re going on the ice, you\u2019re playing to win, and how important was winning at that point? Not at all. For us to cancel the games, give ourselves time to reflect or heal a little bit.

\u201cI didn\u2019t want to coach to win when it didn\u2019t matter.\u201d

The teammate

\u201cFear,\u201d Eric Selleck says.

That sums it up.

One word to describe what it\u2019s like, as a player, to see a friend, a brother, a captain, in such a bleak scenario.

You can\u2019t imagine what it\u2019s like to play the game again.

\u201cI was nervous, I was scared, I was shocked,\u201d Selleck said. \u201cThe whole team was shocked. There\u2019s no way you can watch that happen to somebody, one of your buddies, a team captain, and then continue. It was really needed to take the week.\u201d

And on that night, Selleck was really needed.

Selleck is 29, a decade deep into his professional career. He\u2019s one of the longtooths on the team, a lifetime of hockey worn across his face.

The Roadrunners were not just looking to Lamb on that night, but to their leaders, and as a veteran and assistant captain, eyes were on Selleck, too.

\u201cA lot of guys raced to the hospital, but for me personally, I just sat down, regrouped, and I was one of the last guys over there,\u201d Selleck said. \u201cWe just tried to help one another get through it. Nobody knew exactly what to do, but everyone looks to the team leaders, the older guys, and I\u2019m one of those guys, and honestly I didn\u2019t know what to do.\u201d

At the hospital, players rallied around each other. They laughed, when they could. There were tears. Some were forced into unforeseen roles.

Selleck said Brandon Burlon, a 26-year-old defenseman, stepped up to the plate.

\u201cBurlon was in there talking with his mom, calling the brothers for his mom, and none of us had eaten and he went and got pizza and wings,\u201d Selleck said. \u201cThat night he did a great job. He\u2019s an older guy, he\u2019s been around. Different guys handle those situations differently, and I thought he did a great job with his mother, making calls. When nobody else wanted to leave, he went and did it. It was awesome.\u201d

Awesome is perhaps a strange word to use when describing a harrowing scenario, but when someone rises to confront sadness and fear head-on, it is indeed awe-inspiring.

There are other words to describe this situation. Scarier words.

Cunningham remains in the hospital. The NHL\u2019s Arizona Coyotes, Tucson\u2019s parent club, have offered few details about Cunningham\u2019s status. Former teammate Milan Lucic told NHL.com late last month that Cunningham has \u201cprogressed a lot,\u201d though he remains in and out of consciousness.

There remain many questions. How did this happen? And why?

The Roadrunners rallied around their captain on that night, and around each other, but the wound is still fresh. Who knows if they\u2019ll get answers?

\u201cWe see guys get banged up, break an ankle, and you know what, it\u2019s a thing,\u201d Selleck said. \u201cIt\u2019s just a thing. You know they\u2019re gonna live, gonna be OK, may be out a while, but we know there are steps that are going to get you back in the game.

\u201cWith this \u2026 it is the fear of the unknown.\u201d

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Anyone who lives in Tucson knows that we've got a lot of great options when it comes to dining out for breakfast and brunch.

But is it possible to narrow it down to only the 10 best?

Well, a USA Today \"local expert\" did just that, and her list is wide-ranging.

\u00a0

\"Tucson's best breakfast and brunch spots specialize in fresh ingredients, made from scratch recipes, and inviting early-morning ambiance,\" USA Today writer Patricia Escarcega wrote in her post for 10Best, the newspaper's travel and lifestyle advise site.

Some of the spots that made the cut include Frank's Restaurant, Cafe Marcel, Nook, Prep and Pastry and Blue Willow (the article mistakenly says it's on 4th Avenue- it's actually located on Campbell.)

With each of her picks, Escarcega gives readers tips about food specials or what's the \"can't miss\" dish at each location.

Check out the article here, but maybe you should eat first. The accompanying photos might make you hungry!

Tell us what you think in the comments. What are your favorite breakfast restaurants in Tucson?

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LOS ANGELES -- Another drama-filled week for Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats winds up today at the Staples Center.

During a publicity call earlier this week \u2013 before Parker Jackson-Cartwright suffered a high ankle sprain that will likely keep him out until January \u2013 Miller said this:

\u201cLike any coach, you pray for continued good health,\u201d Miller said. \u201cWe need some good fortune where we can keep our roster intact.\u201d

Maybe Miller gets Allonzo Trier back today; maybe not. While UA still won't comment on his status or even confirm whether or not he's in L.A. (as he appears to be), we\u2019ll know soon enough if he's playing.


The context of Miller\u2019s above comment was in that he still believes the Wildcats have great potential if they can ever get some continuity going.

\u201cThat\u2019s the one exciting thing -- we have tremendous upside,\u201d Miller said. \u201cIn their best attempt they\u2019re just not as well versed. Every time we\u2019re able to show them something they didn\u2019t do well, when we have a chance to add a week of practice, they improve.

\u201cWe have size, a number of quick players, but our guys have to embrace that (defensive) side to know we have to win some games when the basketball is not going in. We\u2019ve played some solid defense.\u201d


UA is among a number of Pac-12 teams with big games today.

Before the Wildcats and Zags tip off at 3:30, UCLA will play at Kentucky (10:30 a.m., CBS).

Stanford will play at Jerod Haase\u2019s alma mater, Kansas, at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN. That game will lead into the UA-Gonzaga game.

BYU will face USC in the second half of the Staples Center doubleheader (6 p.m., ESPNU).

Also today:

ASU will host UNLV (6 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Cal will host Alcorn State (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

New Orleans will visit WSU (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)

Colorado will play at Portland (8 p.m., no TV)

Oregon State will play at Charlotte (5 p.m., no TV)


Bobby Hurley is hoping the Sun Devils \u201ccircle the wagons\u201d instead of playing shoddy defense.


USC may go small at times while adjusting to Bennie Boatwright\u2019s loss.


Here's the school-produced game notes from Gonzaga and Arizona.


The Seattle Times printed an excerpt from Bud Withers' book on Gonzaga basketball, this one talking about Nigel Williams-Goss and his transfer from Washington.


Our full pregame coverage is attached to this post.

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A former airman at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was sentenced Thursday to 100 years in prison on child pornography charges.

Jesse Ryan Swaffar, 34, was convicted by a jury in Pima County Superior Court of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after Tucson police found thousands of videos and images of child pornography on his computer.

Swaffar\u2019s girlfriend called police in April 2015 after she found the child pornography on his computer, court documents show. Police seized his computers and found the images and videos organized into folders on various devices, including an encrypted hard drive.

The images and videos depicted \u201cpre-pubescent children, many of which were sexually abused by adult men,\u201d court records show.

Swaffar was discharged from the Air Force when police began investigating him.

Two officers who investigated the case testified the images and videos, which Saffar downloaded between 2009 and 2015, amounted to one of the largest quantities of child pornography they had seen in their careers, Assistant Attorney General Jared Kreamer Hope said at the sentencing hearing.

Defense lawyer Paul Palmisano asked for the minimum sentence, noting his client did not have any prior felony convictions, he was a decorated member of the Air Force, and he did not assist in the manufacture or dissemination of the videos and photos.

Judge Jane Eikleberry cited all of those factors, as well as the family support for Swaffar, when she handed down the minimum sentence of 100 years. Swaffar faced a presumptive term of 170 years. He will have to register as a sex offender after his release from prison.

In his remarks to the judge, Swaffar said people likely will think of him as a \u201cmonster,\u201d but he could still count on the love of his family and friends.

Two of Swaffar\u2019s friends attended the sentencing hearing and said Swaffar inadvertently acquired the files when he downloaded a server full of mainstream movies, as he and many others in the military do before deployments.

Swaffar\u2019s family hired a computer specialist to testify to that fact, but he died in an ATV wreck two months before the trial began, said Swaffar\u2019s friend Joshua Ballesteros.

Kreamer Hope called the case a \u201cpoignant reminder of the impact of sexual abuse on children.\u201d

One of the victims included in the files found on Swaffar\u2019s computer was repeatedly raped by her father starting when she was 9 years old.

The videos were made by the victim\u2019s father to be posted online, the victim\u2019s attorney wrote in court documents. The victim was raped in scripted scenarios and forced to hold up signs inviting viewers to \u201ccome and play.\u201d

Due to the widespread sharing of the videos, the victim\u2019s trauma continues despite the fact the sexual abuse ended years ago.

\u201cI live every day with the horrible knowledge that many people somewhere are watching the most terrifying moments of my life and taking grotesque pleasure in them,\u201d the victim wrote in a statement to the court.

Her exploitation is \u201cnever ending\u201d and frequently causes her to get \u201cstuck,\u201d she wrote.

\u201cWhen this happens, I sit in the same spot motionless for a long time,\u201d she wrote. \u201cMy mind will come back at some point later in the day, maybe 30 minutes later or maybe six hours later.\u201d

She said she is \u201churt every time I hear about another criminal case that involves my images. With each additional case that I hear about, I know that many more copies of my images are spread around the internet; I know that there is a lesser and lesser chance that the horror I feel about people seeing me in this way will ever end.\u201d

The victim\u2019s mother wrote: \u201cThese viewers made the choice to descend to the lowest degree and rape her with their eyes, and with their minds, as she was being robbed of her innocence at 9 years old.\u201d

A psychologist who treated her wrote to the court that her father, the perpetrator of the abuse, also was a victim of sexual abuse as a child. The father is serving a 50-year term in federal prison.

The dissemination of the images is a source of ongoing trauma for the victim, the psychologist wrote, calling it a \u201cchronic, toxic condition\u201d that \u201cworks like a corrosive acid on the psyche of the individual.\u201d

The victim found out the videos were being disseminated online when she was 17, which she described as the day \u201cmy world came crashing down.\u201d Her real name is attached to some of the videos.

She has legally changed her name since then and has married.

She remains \u201chyper-vigilant\u201d that men she meets may have watched the videos and she frequently suffers panic attacks, the attorney wrote.

\u201cFor her, this has meant a split between the normal facade she projects, and the insomnia, nightmares, dissociative episodes, and panic attacks she faces within,\u201d the attorney wrote.

Pedophiles stalk the victim and infiltrate her social media accounts, the attorney wrote. She has seen recent photos of herself and her family, as well as news about her wedding date and other aspects of her personal life, posted in online bulletin boards used by pedophiles. One person said he had taken a class with her.

Eikleberry ordered Swaffar to pay $2,500 to the known victim.

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There are some Twitter posts tonight saying that Arizona guard Allonzo Trier joined the Wildcats for their flight to Los Angeles today, but no indication if he'll play Saturday against Gonzaga.

As of now, both the Star's\u00a0Greg Hansen\u00a0and\u00a0Wildcat Authority\u00a0have tweeted that Trier was on the flight. But there's been no official confirmation and, since the team's plane was chartered, I wasn't able to see for myself if he was or wasn't on it (as in Honolulu).

A UA spokesman declined to comment (as usual) via text message on Trier's status and did not respond when asked to confirm if Trier was on the team flight.\u00a0

If Trier did make the flight, that suggests he either has been cleared and will play Saturday against Gonzaga or is just traveling along and may have to pay his own way. Players ineligible under NCAA rules sometimes must pay their own way to travel, and Trier didn't travel to Honolulu or Las Vegas last month.

Trier has missed six regular-season games and two exhibition games while awaiting NCAA word on his status. On his Instagram page, Trier posted a photo of himself sitting on the bench Wednesday in the UA-Texas Southern game, saying \"still all smiles, can't break me.\"

The Wildcats will have seven healthy and eligible scholarship players Saturday, but eight if Trier is able to play. Trier is the Wildcats' top returning scorer, having averaged 14.8 points per game as a freshman last season.

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Tucson in December may not be snowy but it's full of holiday events, shopping and lights. We've rounded up the 10 must-do Christmas traditions \u2014 the ones you hear about every season. Pick a new one this year and go check it out.

1. Winterhaven

Winterhaven Festival of Lights is the big Christmas light display in Tucson. The midtown neighborhood has been lit up for 66 years. It's free to visit, although donations for the food bank are collected.

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A family pauses for a photo at the Candy Cane Lane sign on Farr Street toward \u2014 where else? \u2014 Treat Circle. (Treat and candy canes seem to go together.)

When: Dec. 10-26, 2016; 6-10 p.m. every night. Monday, Dec. 26 is the drive-through night.

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\u2022 If you plan to walk, look for parking on Tucson Boulevard and Prince Road and wear comfortable shoes.

\u2022 If you're driving, try entering the neighborhood at Prince Road and Treat Avenue or Tucson Boulevard and Kleindale Street or Country Club and Kleindale Street. The main entrance at Country Club and Fort Lowell roads tends to get congested.

2. Eat some tamales

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Tamales

Make them, buy them locally or visit the 12th Annual Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival on\u00a0Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The AVA at Casino del Sol Resort and Casino, 5655 W. Valencia Road. Admission is free.

3. Las Posadas

Carrillo Elementary students dressed as angels carry the nacimiento through the neighborhood streets, part of the procession dramatizing the search for shelter by Joseph and Mary.

Since 1937 students at Carrillo K- 5 Magnet School, have been enacting Las Posadas with a procession through the historic Barrio Viejo neighborhood.

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Students dressed as angels carry the nacimiento, or Nativity scene, for the Carrillo K-5 Magnet School\u2019s 75th Annual Jubilee of the Las Posadas in 2011.

When:\u00a0Dec. 16, 2016, event starts at 5 p.m. with food and entertainment. The procession begins at 7 p.m.

4. Tucson Downtown Parade of Lights

The downtown parade of lights begins at Armory Park at 4 p.m. with a holiday festival. Stay to see the mayor light the tree. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Watch for Santa being pedaled on a giant bike-powered float.

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A firetruck, glowing with Christmas lights, rolls along Pennington St. near Stone Ave., as thousands lined the streets during the annual Holiday Parade in downtown Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday, December 1. 2001.

When:\u00a0Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

5. Arizona Inn Christmas decorations

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Visit this piece of Tucson history to take in the festive d\u00e9cor, take a portrait by the fire or unwrap gifts in the library.

Relaxing in the library of the Arizona Inn at the foot of the 14-foot Christmas tree with a champagne cocktail or a steamy cup of holiday cheer \u2014 as a cozy mesquite fire crackles nearby \u2014 is bliss. Visit this piece of Tucson history to take in the festive d\u00e9cor, take a portrait by the fire or unwrap gifts in the library.

6. Christmas at San Xavier

Experience Christmas in Southern Arizona's 18th century landmark, a treasure of Spanish mission architecture and Baroque art. The Sons of Orpheus and Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will perform. Fun fact: Linda Ronstadt headlined the first Christmas concert in the mission.

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Luminarias light the way to a tent before the \"Christmas at San Xavier\" concert.\u00a0

When:\u00a0Dec. 13, 14, 15, 2016 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Tickets\u00a0go fast)

7. Rooftop Santa show

Santa Claus climbs a midtown roof and showers the audience with candy during the annual Poet's Square Christmas Pageant. The show was moved in 2014 to the Peter Howell Neighborhood in midtown at 4054 E. 4th St. (Near Alvernon and 5th Street). Free, but bring a canned food donation.

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Santa Claus throws candy out to the audience from the rooftop during the annual Poet's Square Christmas Pageant.\u00a0

When: Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 at 6:30 and 8 p.m.

8. Enchanted snowfall at La Encantada

White Christmases are a rarity in Tucson but you can experience the fake stuff at La Encantada mall at Skyline and Campbell during the holiday season.\u00a0

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Desert snow fell into the La Encantada courtyard from snow machines placed on the upper level of the mall during the 2011 Enchanted Snowfall event.

When:\u00a0Now through Dec. 17, 2016, Friday and Saturday evenings, 6 and 6:45 p.m.\u00a0

9. Reid Park's Zoo Lights

Reid Park's Zoo Lights displays include animal-themed light sculptures throughout the park, live entertainment and a visit from Santa. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids, kids under 2 are free, members get $2 off.

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Fireball the rhino ventures out into his enclosure at the start of the night's activities at Zoo Lights 2015 at Reid Park Zoo in Tucson on Dec. 5, 2015. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

When: Wednesday, Dec. 7 through Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

10. Winter-break Arizona Wildcats basketball

UA basketball games during the winter break break have a festive feel and it's easier to get tickets. The holiday ticket pack contains one ticket to the Grand Canyon (Dec. 14), New Mexico (Dec. 20), Utah (Jan. 5) and Colorado (Jan. 7) games and starts at $112.

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