Convicted child abductor Randall Hopley has escaped dangerous-offender status and the indefinite prison term it carries.
Hopley, who abducted three-year-old Kienan Hebert from the bedroom of his unlocked home in Sparwood, B.C., in 2011, was instead declared a long-term offender on Friday.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather Holmes sentenced him to a total of seven years in prison followed by 10 years of supervision, The Canadian Press reports. With time already served taken into account, Hebert faces five years behind bars.
The Crown had argued Hopley, who had a record of sexually assaulting children, should be declared a dangerous offender because he posed a high risk to reoffend. It would have meant an indeterminate prison sentence subject to periodic reviews on his level of rehabilitation.
Defence lawyer William Thorne argued Hopley, 48, did not physically harm Hebert and should not face potential incarceration until he's an old man, CBC News reported.
But CP said Judge Holmes, whoRead More »from Child abductor Randall Hopley labelled long-term offender, dodges dangerous-offender status