PHOENIX – An Indiana man convicted of child abuse for forcing his three grandsons on two grueling hikes in the Grand Canyon in August heat has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
Christopher Alan Carlson was sentenced Thursday in federal court to a 27-month prison term. He was convicted in March on three counts of criminally negligent child abuse and will get credit for nearly 10 months already served.
The 45-year-old Carlson told investigators that his grandsons were overweight and that he thought hiking the Grand Canyon would get them into shape. They were 8, 9 and 12 at the time.
The boys testified that Carlson kicked or hit them if they were too slow on a 15-mile hike on Aug. 15 and a 19-mile hike on Aug. 28.