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Kidnapper Gets Life in Prison

Thad Ashley, 38, was sentenced to life in prison plus thirty-one years after being found guilty, on June 18, of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and criminal trespass.

Thad Ashley, 38, was sentenced to life in prison plus thirty-one years after being found guilty, on June 18, of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping and criminal trespass, according to the Facebook page.

In Sept. 2011, Ashley grabbed a seven-year-old girl by the arm and pulled her out of her family vehicle, which was parked at her home in the Douglas Estates Mobile Home Community. She was able to free herself and run away but Ashley then reached into the van again and attempted to grab a two-year-old girl.

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Reeves responded to the initial call and learned that Ashley had just recently moved into the community and had already been issued a criminal trespass warning, approximately one month earlier, for inappropriate conduct with children in the pool area.

Since he was already banned from the mobile home park, Reeves arrested Ashley for criminal trespass. He then contacted the criminal investigations division and reported the alleged kidnapping incident to investigators.

Investigator Susan Sweat continued the investigation, charging Ashley with kidnapping of the seven-year-old girl; criminal attempt to commit kidnapping of the two-year-old girl; and entering auto.

Ashley admitted to pulling one child out of the van and reaching for the second child but stated he was confused because he had been mixing methadone and Xanax, according to the Sheriff's Facebook page.

He was found guilty of all charges by a jury and given life in prison on the kidnapping charge; 30 years on the attempted kidnapping; and one year on the criminal trespass charge.

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