GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska — A Grand Island man convicted in the kidnapping and rape of a 4-year-old girl was sentenced on Tuesday to 96 to 100 years in state prison.
Judge James Livingston of Hall County District Court sentenced Abraham Richardson to two consecutive terms of 48 to 50 years. Richardson had pleaded no contest in April after prosecutors lowered the charges and dropped another.
Prosecutors said Richardson, 27, kidnapped the girl from a Grand Island apartment on Oct. 2, 2011, and brutally assaulted her. She underwent surgery for her injuries, court documents say.
Before Richardson was sentenced, Hall County Attorney Mark Young looked at him and said, "'Savage' is the only word to describe what this man did to that little girl."
Richardson's lawyer said Richardson had been sexually abused as a child and was addicted to alcohol and marijuana. Attorney Gerry Piccolo said Richardson was not sober when the attack occurred.
Richardson also spoke at the hearing, saying that he wanted to apologize to the girl and her family.
"I can't imagine what they've been through," Richardson said.
Last August he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on a child pornography conviction. Livingston ordered Richardson to serve his two state sentences after his federal sentence has been completed.
Livingston also told Richardson that his crime "was not one in which opportunity arose and you took advantage."
"You created crimes in your deviant and sociopathic mind," the judge said. "The harm and horror of this crime doesn't matter to you."