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Safford man sentenced to 35 years on sex crime charges in AMBER alert case

Posted at 1:57 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 16:57:30-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A federal judge in Tucson Friday sentenced the man who kidnapped a 12-year-old girl and triggered an AMBER alert in Arizona in 2016.

James Halamek was sentenced to 35 years in prison and a lifetime supervised release on one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

In December 2016, Savinya Kimball -- who was 12 years old at the time -- vanished from her bus stop in Safford on her way to school. Authorities determined Halamek had taken her, and issued an AMBER alert for his blue pickup truck. Kimball and Halamek were found a few miles into New Mexico the next morning, walking along the side of the road on Highway 70.

Prosecutors say Disctrict Judge Jennifer Zipps noted Halamek's lack of remorse and insight at Friday's sentencing hearing. She also said Halamek had taken "advantage of multiple victims."

Halamek will also be required to register as a sex offender as a part of his sentencing.