Craig man sentenced to 13 years to life in child sex assault case |

Craig man sentenced to 13 years to life in child sex assault case

Staff report

CRAIG — Craig man Johnnie Ellifritz, 39, was sentenced Monday to 13 years to life in prison for sex assault on a child.

Jonnie Ellifritz

Ellifritz was found guilty in February in Moffat County District Court of three felony counts of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse, two felony counts of sexual assault on a child younger than 15 and one misdemeanor count of sexual assault, according to a news release from the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“From the moment the crime is perpetrated, child victims of sexual assault are destined to carry an unthinkable burden with them for the rest of their lives,” District Attorney Brett Barkey was quoted as saying in the release. “A sentence of 13 years to life for Mr. Ellifritz ensures that he too will carry the weight of his actions for the rest of his life, and his time in prison will ensure he cannot do this to any other children.”

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