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Jury Gets Thompson Case

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Bret Thompson in court on March 5, 2013. (credit: CBS)

Bret Thompson in court on March 5, 2013. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- The jury received the case of a man accused of kidnapping a girl and assaulting her in West Denver two years ago. Police said Bret Thompson confessed but he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Both sides presented closing arguments on Friday. The jury received the case just before 5 p.m. on Friday. It was understood jurors would begin deliberations on Monday.

Defense attorneys claim Thompson was insane when he kidnapped and sexually assaulted the now 10-year-old girl.

A doctor who evaluated Thompson testified that he suffers from chronic depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and is disconnected from reality.

He also testified that Thompson was likely insane at the time of the kidnapping and sexual assault.

The prosecution claims Thompson knew exactly what he was doing.

Jurors will have to determine whether Thompson was sane or insane at the time of the crime.

The June 2, 2011, incident ended when the girl, who was 9 at the time, was found at a gas station on Federal Boulevard approximately 90 minutes after she was reported missing. After a nationwide manhunt, police found Thompson sleeping in his van in New Jersey and arrested him.

Last summer Thompson, 29, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the kidnapping and sexual assault charges he faces.

During opening statements Tuesday the defense described Thompson’s childhood to the jury as “broken and seriously disturbed.” His attorney said Thompson was sexually abused as a young boy and was in and out of foster care as well as mental hospitals.

The defense claims Thompson is not guilty by reason of insanity. They said he suffers from dissociative identity disorder, or multiple personality disorder, and doesn’t know right from wrong.

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