New Zealand man Troy Skinner charged with kidnapping and child pornography

New Zealander Troy Skinner is facing life in prison after being indicted on several federal charges in Virginia.

Skinner, 25, was shot trying to break into a house by the mother of a 14-year-old he had been chatting with online. She had previously broken off communicating with him.

A federal grand jury has now charged Skinner with four counts of production of child pornography and one count of kidnapping and attempted kidnapping.

"If convicted of producing child pornography, Skinner faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison on each count," the indictment said.

"If convicted of the kidnapping/attempted kidnapping, he faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties."

Skinner was armed with a folding knife with a 2.75 inch blade and pepper spray when he smashed a glass door with a brick at the Goochland County home.

As he attempted to enter the house, the woman shot him in the neck with a handgun, Goochland County Virginia Sheriff James L Agnew told Newshub in June 2018.

He was treated for the wound at a hospital in Virginia.


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