Gary Simpson sentenced to 25 years in Carlie Trent kidnapping

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A Hawkins County judge sentenced Gary Simpson to 25 years on Thursday in the kidnapping of Carlie Trent.

Volunteer searchers found Simpson, 57, and Trent, 9, in a remote area on Clinch Mountain in Edison, Tenn. last May.

Simpson is slated to serve his 25 year sentence at 100 percent. Simpson entered an Alford plea, which indicates that Simpson admits there was enough evidence to convict him in a trial, but does not admit guilt.

Simpson's attorney said a charge of rape of a child was reduced as part of the plea.

Trent's AMBER Alert case gained national attention.

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