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U.S. man sentenced to 36 years for kidnapping that ended in Manitoba

11/21/2014 01:44 EST | Updated 01/21/2015 05:59 EST
A Colorado man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for abducting his young son from his estranged wife's home and driving 1,500 kilometres to Canada, where he was arrested in Brandon, Man.

Monty Turner of Longmont, Colo., received the sentence on Friday for kidnapping his son Luke, who was three years old at the time, in May 2013.

He will also have a five-year mandatory parole term following his sentence, a spokesperson with the Colorado Judicial Department told CBC News.

As well, Turner must pay more than $1,100 in fines, fees and restitution.

Turner, 52, was set to stand trial on 16 criminal counts. Instead, he pleaded guilty to four charges: second-degree kidnapping, felony menacing, use of a stun gun and violation of custody.

On May 25, 2013, Turner assaulted his ex-wife with pepper spray and a stun gun, then took Luke and drove from Longmont to the western Manitoba city.

The following night, he was arrested at a Brandon motel shortly after checking in. Luke was not hurt and was returned to his mother.

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