Foster mother of kidnapping suspect sentenced

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DENVER – The foster mother of a man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl last year was sentenced to two years probation and 60 days in jail in a court hearing Thursday.

Sylvia Luckett, 73, pleaded guilty to perjury in May after being accused of lying to police to help her foster son, Bret Lee Thompson, flee the state after detectives began investigating him for the crime.

“I assume full responsibility for my actions,” said Luckett, “I don’t condone what my son did and would have never helped him in any way.”

Prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Luckett to a year in jail claiming she was aware of the crime Thompson committed while helping him escape.

The family of the 8-year-old victim expressed an emotional outcry in court of the repercussions this event has had on the whole family.

“We are very affected by what happened. I don’t know how she could help him escape,” said the mother of the victim, “our hearts are damaged, and we are scared for the rest of our lives.” (Translated from Spanish)

Thompson, 28, is accused of kidnapping the 8-year-old girl as she was playing with friends in an alley on the 400 block of South Raleigh Street in Denver on June 2, 2011. Prosecutors say he dropped the girl off at a gas station three miles away on Federal after allegedly assaulting her.

Thompson was found and arrested eleven days later sleeping in his van in New Jersey.

On June 15, Thompson pleaded not-guilty to kidnapping and sexual assault by reason of insanity. He was sent to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo for evaluation and is scheduled to appear in court September 20 for a status hearing.