Convicted Dunkirk Kidnapper Sentenced To Prison Time


MAYVILLE – Samuel Saeli, 40, of Dunkirk, was sentenced Thursday to a sentence of 16 years in state prison, plus 10 years of post-release supervision, on each count he was convicted of. Each count will run concurrently, according to Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson.

Saeli was previously convicted on charges of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping as a sexually motivated felony. Swanson told WNYNewsNow that Saeli previously faced 8-25 years for each count.



“Today, the defendant was placed where he cannot pose a threat to any child for the next sixteen years. Justice was served with the sentence the Court handed down,” Swanson said. “First and foremost, I want to thank the Fredonia Police Department, and our local FBI partners for their outstanding work on this case. The quick response of every officer involved in this case needs to be commended.”

“This case reminds each and every parent of the dangers that exist in today’s world. It highlights their worst fears. But it also reminds us that there are good guys wearing blue that go to work for us every day to protect our families. I cannot say enough about our local law enforcement here in Chautauqua County. Their hard work on this case has resulted in the elimination of a real danger to our society for the next 16 years. My hope is that this man does not have the opportunity to harm one of our children again.”



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