CASPER, Wyo. — A former carnival worker convicted of luring a 5-year-old boy away from a Wyoming bowling alley and sexually assaulting him has been sentenced to 80 to 115 years in prison.
State District Court Judge Thomas Sullins ordered the sentence for 34-year-old Joshua Winters on Friday.
Winters maintained his innocence, saying he wouldn’t harm a child and did not entirely remember the day in July 2016 when police say he kidnapped and molested the child.
Prosecutors say Winters approached the child and offered him money to pay for video games. They say the boy followed Winters outside to a river, where the assault occurred.
Last May, a jury convicted Winters of aggravated kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.