Dad who took kids from state custody gets deferred sentence

Posted October 18

— A man who helped his wife abduct their children from state custody has been given a deferred sentence.

The Billings Gazette reports ( ) that 35-year-old Donald Stratton on Monday was given a three-year deferred sentence for custodial interference. He previously pleaded guilty to abducting his two daughters in November 2015.

Stratton and the children's mother, 33-year-old Maria Sandoval, did not have custody of their children due to drug use.

According to court documents, Sandoval took her 2-year-old and 4-month-old daughters during a supervised visit in Billings to a car that Sandoval had waiting outside. An Amber Alert was issued and Sandoval and Stratton were arrested near Great Falls. The children were unharmed and returned to state custody.

Sandoval is set to be sentenced this week.


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