KINGMAN, Ariz. - An 80-year-old Mohave Valley man convicted of molesting his 6-year-old great-granddaughter in the presence of the girl's same-age playmate was sentenced to life in prison Thursday.
Mohave County Superior Court Judge Steve Conn told Charles Knight that under Arizona's harsh mandatory sex offense sentencing guidelines, he would have to live to the age of 134 before being eligible for parole.
Prosecutor Greg McPhillips said Knight engaged in sexual activity with his great granddaughter in the garage of his home and asked her witnessing friend if she wanted to participate in September 2011. He said Knight committed additional crimes with the family member on another occasion.
Friends of the defendant told the Court that Knight was a respectable and popular man who changed for the worse after his wife's terminal cancer diagnosis in the months preceding the sex offenses.
A jury convicted Knight last month of two child molestation charges and single counts of sexual conduct with a minor, public sexual indecency and luring a minor for sexual exploitation.