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Homeless man jailed for girl's kidnap from bus

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A homeless man received a jail sentence for the kidnapping of a young girl from an MTA bus.

James Thomas, 60, was sentenced to five years in state prison after he pleaded no contest to one charge of kidnapping a victim under 14.

Bus driver Cardell Stewart was honored for quick action for calling authorities after the girl's mother reported her 6-year-old daughter was kidnapped from his bus last February.

Bus driver Helen Brandon was also honored for spotting the suspect and the girl on her bus and calling deputies.