20 years in prison and observation on life.
That's according to several american media, the verdict against the former teacher Tad Cummins, who worked at a school in Maury County, which is located just outside the city of Nashville in the u.s. state of Tennessee.
He is convicted of having kidnapped the 15-year-old female pupil Elizabeth Thomas from the school he worked at, and to drive her across the country in a manhunt, which fortunately ended with the fact that she was found safe and sound in California.
Tad Cummins has confessed to the kidnapping of the young girl is 13. march 2017 in order to have a sexual relationship with her and to have transported her across state borders, even though she was a minor. In addition, he has confessed to have destroyed, altered and falsified evidence in this investigation.
Several times after the kidnapping was Cummins and Thomas are seen together, where they among other things were discovered on video from a surveillance camera in the supermarkedskæden Wallmart in Oklahoma City.
the Authorities therefore started a regular manhunt across the american states, which therefore ended with the two persons 20. april 2017 was found completely over on the american west coast in the town of Cecilville, California.
In may 2017 declared Tad Cummins himself 'not guilty' of all charges against him, but he changed in april 2018 opinion and confessed his guilt.
So he stood for, as a minimum, to get a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. The charges, however, would have him sentenced to 30 years in prison.
on Wednesday, he got his judgment in court, that was 20 years in prison and observation of life, when he once comes out again. It is disclosed also that he apologized to the victim in court.
Cummins has received support from his daughter, his parents and a former student, who prior to the judgment, together wrote a letter to the judge, in which they explain that it does not look like him to lie, but the fear took over, as it dawned on him what he had done.