- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to trying to kidnap an 8-year-old girl from her bedroom in suburban Denver in 2013 was sentenced to 30 years on Monday after saying he never intended to actually take her.

Investigators say John Snorsky, 28, got into the girl’s bedroom on Oct. 28, 2013, through an unlocked window and pulled her out through the window as she tried to get down the stairs of her bunk bed. The girl’s father, who heard her calling, chased after Snorsky, who dropped the girl, according to police.

Even though he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping in September under a plea deal, Snorsky told Judge Thomas Ensor that he never wanted to take the girl. He said he was high and panicked.

“If I wanted that girl, I would have took her, sir. And I would have really took her. There was no one there to stop me. I let her go because I did not want her,” he said.

Snorsky, who described himself as a career criminal, listed some of the cat burglaries he committed but said he was not a child predator.

Ensor told Snorsky he was smart but full of himself.

“You have a very dark side. You are the boogie man. You are the bump in the night,” he said.

The girl’s father told Ensor that she is still afraid to go near windows at night.

“She’s changed. She’s not the same girl,” he said.

Snorsky was supposed to be sentenced in November but that was delayed after he fired his lawyer and asked to change his guilty plea but ultimately withdrew that request.

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