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Redding Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder, Kidnapping

The Shasta County District Attorney's Office says Fred Sanderson will spend the next 25 years in state prison.

Posted: Oct 18, 2018 7:37 AM
Updated: Oct 18, 2018 7:40 AM

Redding, Calif - 

The Shasta County District Attorney's Office says Fred Sanderson will spend the next 25 years in state prison. 

Prosecutors say Sanderson and Johanna Knighten kidnapped a woman on November 26, 2017.  Knighten drove them out to a remote area near Mount Lassen while Sanderson assaulted and threatened the victim in the back of the van. Sanderson took all of the victim’s clothing except for a pair of shorts and they left the victim for dead. The victim survived overnight in near freezing temperatures by seeking shelter in a hollowed out tree trunk. She was found the next day by a family that was out looking for a Christmas tree.

Last month Knighten was sentenced to fourteen years and eight months in prison after admitting to attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, and a great bodily injury enhancement. She is serving a fourteen year, eight month sentence. Sanderson admitted to attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, mayhem, criminal threats, assault, and a great bodily injury enhancement but requested a delayed sentencing. Today he was sentenced to 25 years on prison.

The case was investigated by Redding Police Department Investigator Jon Sheldon and prosecuted by Senior Deputy District Attorney Sarah Murphy and Deputy District Attorney Rachel Donahou. The victim was assisted by Senior Victim Advocate Deborah Heide.

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