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Post ARTICLE: Georgia Man gets life sentence for abducting, assulting girl

Man gets life sentence for abducting, assaulting girl

Associated Press

WAYCROSS, Ga. - A man has been sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting and trying to kill an 8-year-old girl he had abducted last year.

Michael Gene Strickland, who was sentenced Friday, admitted to beating, raping and smothering the girl, who was then left for dead in a ditch.

Strickland, 35, pleaded guilty to kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated assault and burglary. Chief Superior Court Judge Clarence Blount sentenced Strickland to life in prison on the kidnapping charge and added a consecutive 30-year sentence without the possibility of parole.

During the June 24, 2003, incident, the girl was beaten so badly that her skull was fractured. She was hospitalized for about a week at a Savannah trauma center, District Attorney Rick Currie said.

Strickland told investigators the attack happened while he was on a drug binge. He targeted the girl because he knew her mother, Currie said.

The girl had been staying at a relative's house just outside Waycross. Strickland told investigators that after smoking crack cocaine, he went to the home, crawled inside a window and tricked the girl into going with him to his camper trailer about a mile away, Currie said.

Strickland has a criminal record dating back to 1991, including convictions for aggravated assault in Glynn County and motor vehicle theft in Pierce County, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records.

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