LANCASTER — A 62-year-old man who kidnapped a 4-year-old girl from a Lancaster yard, but was foiled by the child’s teenage brother, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years to life in state prison.
Earl Duane Williams also was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Williams was convicted last month of kidnapping to commit a lewd act on a child and criminal threats in a connection with an incident that occurred Dec. 20, 2014.
Williams parked his recreational vehicle near the victim’s home around noon, approached the 4-year-old girl, hugged and kissed her and then carried her about 25 feet down the driveway toward his RV, according to court testimony.
The girl’s 13-year-old brother yelled for help and grabbed his sister’s arm and Williams’ jacket, prompting Williams to flee, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
As he was being arrested and driven away, Williams threatened the girl’s mother, yelled profanities and racial slurs and said he would return and hurt the family, according to trial testimony.
The victim’s mother gave an impact statement at the sentencing hearing Wednesday.
“I’m glad my kids are safe,” the woman said. She said she forgave Williams for his actions, but she was “scared as hell” of Williams and his family.
“I’m just asking that they please leave us alone,” the child’s mother said.
Williams’ two sisters requested and was given an opportunity to address the court. They both disputed key details of the case and maintained Williams’ innocence.
“I know my brother would not kidnap anybody,” Deborah Thompson said.
“Nobody has listened to what he has to say,” Evelyn Williams said.
In a rambling address to the court, Williams said he was a Christian and he was “trying to do God’s work” when he came to the aid of the child. Williams referred to himself as “a victim of a crime I didn’t do.”
The prosecutor described Williams as a career criminal with a record dating back to 1981. Williams’ criminal history includes assault on a peace officer, an assault with a deadly weapon strike conviction, lewd acts, indecent exposure and DUI, according to the prosecutor.
“I’m obviously pleased with the sentence,” Hatami said. “At the end of the day, I think that justice was served. The community is safer.”
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