Central Texas man guilty in abduction of sisters he took to Colorado

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A federal jury Tuesday convicted a Central Texas man on kidnapping charges after he took two sisters from a Texas home where their mother was later found dead.

Terry Allen Miles. (Jail photo)

Investigators say Terry Allen Miles, 45, was living with the woman in Round Rock to help look after her two daughters when he and the girls disappeared in December 2017.

An officer later found their mother dead from blunt-force injuries.

Miles and the girls were found days later in a remote area of Colorado.

The girls were 7 and 14 at the time.

Investigators allege Miles repeatedly struck the woman with a flashlight, though he hasn't been charged in the death.

Defense attorneys say Miles was protecting the girls from their mother's chaotic and illicit lifestyle, and had no part in her death.

Miles faces a sentence of as much as life in prison when he’s sentenced in April.