On Monday, June 30, closing arguments were heard in the punishment phase of the Eric Dimick trial. Jurors delivered the sentence Monday afternoon, deciding on a 60-year prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping.
Last week, jurors found Dimick guilty of aggravated kidnapping of an 11-year old girl in 2012. For the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, jurors ended up in a deadlock, and a mistrial was called.
During the prosecution, the girl's mother took the stand and described her daughter before and after the incident. The girl's father also took the stand, painting a before and after picture of the girl.
Once the prosecution rested, the defense called a psychologist to the stand stating that at the time of the abduction, Dimick was self-medicating with drugs, such as synthetic marijuana and meth, in order to treat himself for psychological problems. The psychologist cited the act of self-medicating as the probable cause that lead Dimick to commit the acts against the 11-year-old girl, and that he would normally not be a threat to others.
Dimick is now the third and final defendant to go to trial in the case.