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Man Convicted of Kidnapping, Molesting Two Girls Gets 109 Years

April 13, 1993

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) _ A man convicted of kidnapping two young girls as they slept in their homes and molesting them was sentenced Monday to 109 years in prison.

Tracy Arthur Stone, 31, was convicted of 16 felony counts in the kidnapping of a 6-year-old girl in June and a 9-month-old girl in March 1992.

A grand jury charged Stone in a third similar case involving a 2 -year-old girl, but the charge was dropped for lack of evidence.

Prosecutor James Picco said the sentence was close to the maximum. He estimated Stone won’t be eligible for parole for nearly 55 years.

Defense attorney Chris Weir had asked the judge not to give Stone the maximum sentence, saying his client had a deep mental problem.

Stone pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. Weir said Stone developed multiple personalities as a result of abuse suffered as a child; experts testified the disorder left Stone in a dreamlike state.

He waived his right to a jury trial, which meant Superior Court Judge Richard Arnason decided the case, ruling Stone guilty and sane.

In the abduction of the 6-year-old, Stone was charged with injecting her with methamphetamine and raping her. Her detailed descriptions of her attacker, particularly his distinctive tattoos, helped lead to the arrest.

Stone has a record of burglary arrests and was on parole at the time of the abductions.