James Chadwell Il, who was ‘reviewed’ by Delphi police, was sentenced to 90 years in prison for kidnapping and strangling a girl, 9 years old

JAMES Chadwell II, the man guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and child molestation after a missing 9-year-old girl was rescued from his home, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Chadwell, who pleaded guilty in October to those charges in addition to kidnapping, criminal detention, strangulation and beating, was sentenced to a 90-year-old prison sentence on Thursday.

James Chadwell II received a 90-year sentence


James Chadwell II received a 90-year sentenceSource: Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Dept.
The clues suggest that he may be involved in the Delphi murders


The clues suggest that he may be involved in the Delphi murdersCredit: Facebook

Court documents show the 9-year-old girl was lured into Chadwell’s home on April 19 to feed his dogs.

That’s when Chadwell attacked and strangled the little girl before forcing her to the basement, where he attacked her, according to court documents.

The kind girl told police that Chadwell repeatedly threatened to kill her if she yelled or told anyone what had happened.

Chadwell will not be eligible for parole until 2091 under current Indiana law.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Patrick Harrington was pleased with Thursday’s ruling.

Harrington said: “As I said to the mother, how much this means today for her and her family, can they go home and tell the child involved in this case that she can rest tonight, knowing she’s safe.”

“This man will never be able to get out of prison or hurt her again.”

“The victim fought with the defendant, and is a true survivor of this unimaginable attack,” Harrington added.

“The family thanks the Lafayette Police Officers for their outstanding effort to quickly locate the victim and save her from any further harm,” he said.

The girl’s mother called the police on April 19 after she went missing for just half an hour, at around 7pm.

After police were informed that Chadwell had commented on seeing the girl after she was reported missing, they visited him, just a minute’s walk from her home.

There, he tells them that the girl was at his house before but she left. As police continued to search for the girl and returned to Chadwell’s home with a search warrant, they found the girl in the basement with bruises and a dog bite on her leg.

Back in October during Chadwell’s trial, Harrington added that pleading guilty meant the jury didn’t have to watch the officer’s bodycam video.

“It is so graphic that most people who observe it seek mental health treatment,” Harrington said. “It’s disturbing. It’s disturbing how one human being can treat another in this regard.”

Instead, Chadwell’s public defender says his client is responsible.

“He owns it,” said Shay Hughes. “Our hearts go out to the victim and the victim’s family.”

There is a renewed hope that Chadwell may be involved in the murder of two girls in Delphi, Indiana.

Investigators working on the 2017 case believe there is “possibly” some connection due to “several factors” that led police to investigate Chadwell’s abduction of the little girl.

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