Man On Probation 1 Day Before Kidnap Attempt Sentenced

George McKesson, 54, Tried To Kidnap 14-Year-Old Girl

A Carlsbad man who was on probation when he tried to kidnap a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from middle school was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

George Edward McKesson, 54, pleaded guilty In June to false imprisonment and possession of methamphetamine and agreed to a prison sentence.

However, because of time served and credits, McKesson could be out on parole in a few days.

Prosecutors explained to 10News why he is able to get out so soon.

"The reality is you could only hold people in custody for as long as is reasonable given the crime and given the crime that was committed, there really is no enhanced sentencing available," said Deputy District Attorney Katherine Flaherty.

The defendant, who has been to prison twice for drug possession, had been sentenced to probation the day before the abduction attempt, authorities said.

McKesson, a civilian employee at Camp Pendleton, drove up alongside the Lincoln Middle School student as she was walking along Oceanside Boulevard near McDonald Street about 2:30 p.m. on May 19, 2010, and ordered her to get in his car, prosecutors said.

When the girl began running away, McKesson steered his four-door sedan onto the roadside, blocking her way, said Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.

The girl managed to get around the car and flee to safety, and was able to provide investigators with a partial license plate number. She later identified McKesson from a photo lineup, the lieutenant said.

"This young girl did exactly what she was supposed to. She kept her wits about her, she didn't allow herself to become victimized, she ran as fast as she could, and she got enough identifying information from the license plate," Flaherty said.

Flaherty said the victim is doing just fine and no longer lives in the county.

McKesson was arrested outside his Carlsbad apartment last Aug. 5.

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