Man who kidnapped, sexually assaulted young girl sentenced to at least 24 years

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DENVER — A man convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl was sentenced to at least 24 years in prison Thursday.

Bret Lee Thompson, 28, was convicted of snatching the victim from an alley on June 2, 2011, driving her to his Aurora home and assaulting her. He then dropped her off at a gas station.

“My daughter has been marked by this and will be the rest of our lives,” the victim’s mother said Thursday. “She will no longer be able to live a normal life now.”

During the trial, the victim took the stand, pointing out Thompson as the man who had attacked her.

Thompson, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity due to a dissociative disorder, wrote a letter to the judge in the case in an apparent attempt to apologize. The letter included a few poems and a note.

“I’ve never seen a confession like this,” Judge Morris Hoffman said. “I think he is truly remorseful. I think he knows he should have gotten treatment.”

Thompson will serve 18 years for second-degree kidnapping followed consecutively by an indeterminate sentence for sexual assault of a child. In order to be released, a parole board must determine that he is no longer a danger to society.

In 2012, Thompson’s foster mother was sentenced to 60 days in jail for lying to police about Thompson’s whereabouts in order to help him flee the state.

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