Orangevale Man Receives 40-Year Prison Sentence In Vallejo Kidnapping Case

Orangevale Man Receives 40-Year Prison Sentence In Vallejo Kidnapping Case

Orangevale Man Receives 40-Year Prison Sentence In Vallejo Kidnapping Case

A Harvard law grad and former lawyer was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Thursday for a 2015 kidnapping of a California woman.

Matthew Muller, a disbarred attorney who attended Harvard Law School, eventually pleaded guilty to the crime.

Two years ago, Huskins was at her home in the San Francisco Bay area when Muller bound and drugged them before forcing them into the trunk of his vehicle.

Cops don't think so now that her abductor, Matthew Muller, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday at a hearing in Sacramento.

Calling it the "hell that we have survived", Denise said, "I still have nightmares every night".

"The only way I got through it was to picture that it was Aaron that I was with", Huskins said, sobbing uncontrollably until Quinn joined her and kissed her gently on the forehead. She called her daughter incredibly fearless: "She is a handsome human being".

Prosecutors made their argument for Muller to be sentenced to 40 years in prison because he is "extremely dangerous" and needs to be "imprisoned until he is old and weak".

Defence lawyer Thomas Johnson argued for a 30-year sentence, saying his client was manic and depressive and could be rehabilitated with proper treatment.

In court, Muller said he felt "sick with shame" for the "pain and horror" he caused.

He attended Harvard University from 2003 to 2006 and earned a law degree, but was disbarred in MA in 2015.

After the sentencing Steve Reed, a spokesman for Muller's family, said he had visited Muller several times in jail and said Muller was taking his "meds". "He is in a controlled environment, and to some degree, he is very happy he is in a controlled environment".

The abduction happened between 3 and 5 a.m. on March 23, 2015, when Muller broke into the Mare Island home shared by Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn. Muller also played a recording that made it sound as if there was more than one kidnapper.

He put Huskins in the boot of his vehicle, drove her to his home in South Lake Tahoe and held her there for two days before releasing her in her home town of Huntington Beach.

During the abduction, Muller sent her boyfriend ransom emails, and sent a San Francisco reporter false tips, claiming that the kidnapping was carried out by a "group of elite criminals", prosecutors said.

Vallejo police called the incident a hoax and erroneously likened it to the book and movie Gone Girl, in which a woman goes missing and then lies about being kidnapped.

Despite the accusation, Dublin police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation eventually connected Muller to the crime via a similar home invasion robbery in Dublin months later.

The Vallejo police later realized that Huskins was telling the truth when they arrested Muller for attempted robbery of another Bay Area home.

Vallejo police have since apologised, and Huskins is suing the city and two police officers.

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