A 77-year-old man will serve 31 years in prison for multiple sexual abuse charges, the Alaska Attorney General's office said Monday.

Ernesto Carinio was sentenced Aug. 12 for several first- and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor charges stemming from evidence he abused two of his granddaughters when they were under 13 years old.

According to the attorney general, the abuse happened in Anchorage in the years 2000, 2002 and 2008. Carinio's granddaughters, who are now adults, came forward in 2016. The attorney general said Carinio was extradited to Alaska from Washington after he was indicted.

The court said Carinio faced a sentence ranging between 25 to 35 years with a maximum sentence of 99 years. 

"Because of the seriousness and nature of his offenses, 77-year-old Carinio will not be eligible for early release for advanced age or health reasons," the Attorney General's Office wrote.

Carinio must serve at least 25 years before he can be released on parole. 

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