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'Grand Canyon Grandfather' Sentenced In Child Abuse Case

Last updated on Friday, June 15, 2012

(PHOENIX) - An Indianapolis man convicted of child abuse for forcing his three grandsons on two grueling hikes in the Grand Canyon in August 2011 has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.

Christopher Alan Carlson was sentenced Thursday in an Arizona federal court to a 27-month prison term.

He was convicted in March on three counts of criminally negligent child abuse and will get credit for nearly 10 months already served.

Carlson, 45, told investigators that his grandsons were overweight and that he thought hiking the Grand Canyon would get them into shape. They were 8, 9 and 12 at the time.

The boys testified that Carlson kicked or hit them if they were too slow on a 15-mile hike on Aug. 15 and a 19-mile hike on Aug. 28.

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