A man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young girl at the Lone Tree Library will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Scott James …
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A man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a young girl
at the Lone Tree Library will spend the rest of his life behind
Scott James Sylvia, 27, was sentenced by a Douglas County
District Court judge Sept. 3 to 336 years to life in prison for the
2008 assault in the parking lot of the library. Sylvia was found
guilty June 9 of kidnapping, sexual assault, aggravated robbery,
first-degree criminal trespass, two counts of second-degree assault
and retaliation against a witness or victim.
In a tersely worded overview of the case during the sentencing
hearing, presiding judge Paul A. King called Sylvia’s actions
against the victim “unimaginable.”
“The crime that you committed on the victim was brutal,” he
said. “I cannot imagine the horror she must have felt when you
sexually assaulted her, Mr. Sylvia.”
Sylvia pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges.
The jury found that the prosecution proved his guilt and his sanity
beyond a reasonable doubt, a press release from the 18th Judicial
District Attorney’s office says.
Sylvia attacked the victim, who was not identified by
authorities, in the parking lot as she was leaving after checking
out a book July 7, 2008. He was apprehended by the Lone Tree Police
Department five days later after he was identified by the victim
from the library surveillance cameras and DNA from the scene.
Prosecutors credited the Lone Tree police detectives for their
tireless efforts in solving the case. Sylvia was quickly arrested
“due to their diligence in pursuing every lead,” the DA’s office
He appeared in a Castle Rock courtroom for the sentencing and
was immediately remanded into custody. It is unclear where Sylvia
will serve his sentence.
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