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Jonassen Sentenced to 40 Years for Kidnapping Relative

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A Kansas man was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison today on charges of kidnapping and obstruction of justice. The Times reports Martin Jonassen, who represented himself, was convicted by a federal jury in July for kidnapping an adult-female relative in attempt to take her from Missouri to Michigan in September of 2011. Published reports the woman escaped a Portage hotel, and ran naked into a liquor store, where surveillance footage captured Jonassen dragging the woman out of the store and into his vehicle, which was later stopped by Portage Police, who took him into custody. The Times reports Jonassen plans to appeal both his conviction and sentence.
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