A Hickory man was convicted this week in Catawba County Superior Criminal Court of two felony charges.
Ricky Dean Reina, 25, was convicted of felony first-degree kidnapping and felony larceny of a motor vehicle. Reina was sentenced to prison for no less than 44 months and no more than 58 months.
The incident occurred in February when Reina stole a vehicle from the Sunhouse gas station on U.S. 70 in Hickory. The car was running at the time, and a child was inside.
Reina drove the car a short distance and then let the child get out of the vehicle.
The victim in the incident is younger than 16 years old, which requires Reina to register with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry.
Catawba County sheriff's deputies investigated the case, which was prosecuted in court by Chris Cordes, assistant district attorney. Judge Robert Bell presided over the case.
Reina will be transported to Central Prison in Raleigh.