Man Sentenced For Attempting To Abduct Teens In August

A Shingletown man has been sentenced for trying to abduct a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old in a Redding shopping center parking lot. Last August 60-year-old Donald Platner, a convicted sex offender, drove up to a girl in a parking lot near Old Alturas and Churn Creek Road and demanded she get in his van. She fled to a group of her friends nearby. Platner then tried to contact her again by driving to where the group was, and they confronted him. He then got out of his van and challenged the juveniles to a fight. Some bystanders got involved and Platner left, but he was later arrested by Redding Police. One of the underage victims and her family attended the sentencing hearing Tuesday and made a statement, describing the victim’s emotional suffering and saying children should be free from fear to ride scooters, go to the mall, and go to the movies without being attacked or physically tormented. Platner, who had already pled guilty to five felonies and also had a prior strike, was sentenced to 23 years in state prison.


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