A Newport man was sentenced to up to nearly 24 years in prison for the 2010 kidnapping of a young boy.
David Lance Pereira, 28, of Newport pleaded guilty Thursday in Carteret County Superior Court to burglary, kidnapping and attempted sex offense in connection with an incident involving a 3-year-old boy who was known to him, according to a release from the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.
Pereira was sentenced to a minimum 18.4 years and a maximum of 23.6 years in prison for the crime and has been transferred from the Carteret County Jail to the N.C. Department of Corrections. He had been held in the county jail under a $250,000 bond until his trial, according to the release.
Pereira was initially arrested on Dec. 3, 2010, after breaking into a home on Chatham Street in Newport and kidnapping the child through a window. Within a short time after the boy’s mother called 911 to report her son missing, a concerned citizen called to report that someone with a small child was knocking on doors asking for gas. Deputies found Pereira and the child walking on Nine Mile Road in Newport. The child was partially clothed in very cold weather, according to the release.
Pereira was taken into custody and the child was transported to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City for treatment.