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Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Chooses to Go to Prison for Hiding Her 2 Teen Daughters From Father

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By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 08:45 AM

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki decided Wednesday to go to prison instead of serving probation for hiding her two teenage daughters from their father.

Judge Karen Asphaug had sentenced Grazzini-Rucki to six years probation and annual stints of 15 days in prison until 2022 on Wednesday after a jury convicted her in July on six counts of felony deprivation of parental rights, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

But after the hearing, Grazzini-Rucki opted to serve up to 233 days in prison instead, said the Star Tribune, and she could be out of the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Shakopee in five months with good behavior.

The bitter custody battle between Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and ex-husband David Rucki morphed into a criminal investigation when Grazzini-Rucki went through with a plan in 2013 to hide the couple's daughters, then ages 13 and 14, at a secluded Minnesota ranch, said KARE-TV.

Grazzini-Rucki claimed she was protecting her daughters from alleged abuse by their father, but a family court judge later ruled that the allegation was not true.

"You have always claimed that you acted in the best interests of your daughters. That you acted as a loving mother," Asphaug said in court, per KARE-TV. "If so, it defies logic that you left your three other children in the custody of the father you claim was abusive."

David Rucki said in court that Grazzini-Rucki's attempt to sever their daughter's ties with him failed.

"In your attempt to destroy our kids' relationship with me, you destroyed your relationship with them," Rucki said, per KARE-TV. "You used the children to try to destroy me, but you destroyed them in the process."

Stephen Grigsby, one of Grazzini-Rucki's attorneys, told the Star Tribune his client decided to serve the prison sentence instead of probation to avoid the punishment from being stretched out over six years.

She also was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution and two fines of $944 — a dollar for each day that each of her daughters were missing.

Grazzini-Rucki's friend Dede Evavold, and owners of the ranch where the girls hid, Doug and Gina Dahlen, also face felony charges of deprivation of parental rights for their alleged assistance.

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