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B.C. child abductor gets 6 years, dubbed long-term offender
CRANBROOK, B.C. -- Convicted child abductor Randall Hopley has been declared a long-term offender and sentenced to six years and two months in jail followed by 10 years of supervision after his release.
With time already spent in custody taken into account, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes says Hopley will still have to serve five years behind bars.
The Crown had argued that Hopley should be declared a dangerous offender, which would have kept him in jail indefinitely.
But Holmes told a Cranbrook courtroom that Hopley didn't meet the criteria for dangerous offender status.
The judge said Hopley's sex assaults on children as a teen are too far removed to form a repetitive pattern of behaviour.
Hopley abducted three-year-old Kienan Hebert from the second-floor bedroom of his family's unlocked home in Sparwood, B.C., more than two years ago.
He returned Kienan several days later after a public plea from the boy's parents.