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Man who kidnapped elderly Scottsdale woman gets 25 years

Man who kidnapped elderly Scottsdale woman gets 25 years
Posted at 12:43 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 19:55:35-04

A man who broke into the home of an elderly Scottsdale woman, stole her cash and then kidnapped her will spent the next 25 years in prison.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say a judge handed down the sentence Friday to Ian Michael Nielsen.

Nielsen pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder and kidnapping.

Scottsdale police say the 25-year-old Nielsen broke into the home of a 94-year-old woman November 7 and demanded money.

He then bound her before locking her inside her car's trunk, then drove around before abandoning the vehicle in a mall parking lot.

The victim eventually freed herself from the trunk after several hours.

Witnesses who saw the elderly woman contacted 911, and she was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

She suffered extensive injuries including a broken sternum and was treated at the hospital for several days before being released. 

Nielsen expressed remorse, and said he did it for drugs and money, police say.