Winters to Serve More Than 80 Years for Kidnapping and Sexual Abuse

The carnival worker who kidnapped a young boy in Casper last July was sentenced this morning to serve 50-70 years in Wyoming State Penitentiary for kidnapping.

That sentence will run alongside a 30-45 year sentence for first and second degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Witners will spend 80-115 years in prison for the crimes.

He was convicted of aggravated kidnapping and first and second degree sexual abuse of a minor in early June.

Court records show Winters took the boy from El-Marko Lanes Bowling Alley, walked him to the Platte River and sexually assaulted him in the woods.

Winters claimed he was drunk and the boy fell into the river, he went in to save him.

After a three day trial, Wnters was found guilty of the crimes by a twelve member jury.

The boy’s mother spoke at the sentencing sharing: “This summer has been very difficult for her son,” and “It is not fair. He did not deserve this. This has been a nightmare.”

Winters also spoke before his sentence, "I’m sorry I cannot remember more of what happened,” and “Please do not send me to an early grave."

The state petitioned for an 80 years to life sentence.

"He would have a possibility of parole and I think the sentence was less than what we asked for, but I think it was still appropriate within the bounds of what a responsible sentence could be,” said Kevin Taheri, Natrona County Assistant District Attorney.

He added it was good to close the case out not only for the family, but for the Natrona County community as well.



 
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