SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Mark Edwards was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for running off with a 14-year-old girl. He was also labeled a sex offender.
Edwards pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, two counts of interference with custody and violating a protection order.
Edwards ran off with the girl for a second time in February. They were found in Springfield after a three day manhunt. The pair first ran off together in September 2013, triggering an Amber Alert.
“I just want to say I’m very sorry for my conduct,” Edwards added, “I still care about those two as family members of my own, and I hope that I am forgiven for all of this.”
Brian Driscoll, Assistant County Prosecutor on the case, said he was happy with today’s sentencing.
“Twenty years in prison for this individual–that is a lengthy period of time. It’ll give time for this victim to grow up and establish herself before he is released from prison,” Driscoll said.
Edwards’ seven counts were split up into the three time-frames:
- Four counts of unlawful sexual conduct from April to August 2013, which resulted in five year prison sentence
- One count of unlawful sexual conduct during September’s incident resulted in five year prison sentence
- Two counts of unlawful sexual conduct in February resulted in 10 year prison sentence.
The 14-year-old pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in juvenile court back in May.
Our Jake Ryle was in the courtroom. Complete coverage on 2 NEWS beginning at 5.