- Associated Press - Monday, September 14, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man convicted of kidnapping his 2-year-old daughter has been sentenced to eight to 22 years in prison.

Tex Ortiz, 32, was convicted in May in Allegheny County of kidnapping and interference with the custody of his child.

Authorities said Ortiz took his daughter from Wilkinsburg on Dec. 22 after her maternal grandmother was granted interim custody following the October death of the child’s mother. Ortiz said at trial that he feared for his daughter’s safety. The two were found 13 days later in Altoona.

His attorney, Amber Owens, sought mercy for him on Monday and told the judge that he had “absolutely no intent to harm his daughter.”

“There’s no formula to being a good parent,” she said. “Sometimes we make rash decisions.”

Ortiz asked the court to consider his intentions and said he made some choices based on impulse.

But Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel said Ortiz had had multiple chances to rehabilitate himself.

“Prior incarcerations did not deter you from committing a new crime,” she said.

Even though there were no allegations of sexual misconduct, Ortiz will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life because of the kidnapping charge.

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