Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Child Molestation

Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Child Molestation

Updated: Friday, 16 Jul 2010, 6:57 PM MDT
Published : Friday, 16 Jul 2010, 1:24 PM MDT

PHOENIX – The man who set off a Christmas day Amber Alert in the valley learned his punishment Friday.

Larry Ladwig covered his face in court as the judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

Back on Christmas day, Ladwig kidnapped a 5-year-old girl outside an apartment complex near 19th Avenue and Cactus Road in Phoenix.

Ladwig also received an additional three year probation term for assaulting the police officer who rescued the victim from Ladwig's car following a high-speed chase.

Earlier, Ladwig pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, sexual conduct with a minor, attempted sexual exploitation of a minor, attempted molestation of a child, and aggravated assault.

Ladwig apparently wanted to be sentenced to death, but the death penalty was not applicable in this case.