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Man Sentenced for Kidnapping Runaway

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    Man Sentenced for Kidnapping Runaway

    A central Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison after being convicted of kidnapping a teenage runaway.
     
    PennLive.com reports that jurors deliberated for about 2 hours Tuesday before convicting 50-year-old Walter Sawyer of Harrisburg of kidnapping, unlawful contact with a minor and providing false identification to police.

      Court records indicate that he was acquitted of unlawful restraint and false imprisonment as well as misdemeanor attempted indecent assault.
     
    The 17-year-old girl testified tearfully that Sawyer offered to buy her food, then drove her under a bridge and demanded sex before an officer on patrol interceded. Prosecutors said Sawyer had fled from a halfway house.
     
    Sawyer's attorney argued that her client was made a scapegoat because the girl didn't want to get into trouble.