Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Chad Larsen receives 25 years to life
◼ Convicted sex offender sentenced for soliciting murder: Chad Larsen receives 25 years to life
Chad Andrew Larsen, 30, was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison for soliciting the murder of a 16-year-old girl who was poised to testify against him in a statutory rape case.
The ruling came after Judge Timothy Cissna rejected a motion by Larsen's attorney to recuse the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office from the case because of a campaign advertisement. Cissna said that while parts of the commercial were inaccurate, it “had no effect whatsoever on the judgment in the case.”
Deputy District Attorney Kelly Neel said that the sentence was “a long time coming.”
”Now I get to call the victim and her mother and tell them it's over,” Neel said. “I think they can take comfort in the fact that the justice system held Mr. Larsen accountable for his actions.”
Neither the victim nor her family was in court for the ruling, but Neel said that she would call them with the news.
In addressing the court, Larsen said the advertisement would put his life at risk in prison.
”I'm going to be killed now,” he said. “I need to go to a mental asylum or something.”