A Texas women was found guilty of unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference. The woman, whose eight-month old baby disappeared in 2009, was found guilty by a jury. The women is alleged to have taken the child to Texas. The women’s baby was last seen alive in Texas at a motel in late 2009. The woman originally told the child’s father that she had killed him. But after she was arrested, she told police that she gave the baby to an anonymous couple.
The woman was originally charged with kidnapping, but the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on that charge. Instead, the jury found her guilty with aggravating circumstances on the lesser charge of imprisonment and two custodial interference charges. She is scheduled to appear in court on November 1st for sentencing. She has already served nearly three years in jail, having been taken into custody shortly after the child disappeared.
In California, false imprisonment is codified under Penal Code Section 236. It states that a person is guilty of false imprisonment, when the person wrongfully restrains, confines. or detains another person without his or her consent. The crime of false imprisonment does not require that the victim be imprisoned in a jail or prison.
False imprisonment may either be charged as a felony or a misdemanor, depending on the circumstances. If convict of felony false imprisonment in California, a person faces up to up to three years in custody. This custody time is in addition to a potentially long parole or probation period, and various significant fines and fees to the court.
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