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Allison Quets Sentenced
December 18, 2007 permalink
Allison Quets has been sentenced. Her story would be rejected for publication as fiction, because it is too absurd. To summarize:
Biological mom gets five years for kidnapping twins
OTTAWA -- Allison Quets was sentenced to five years probation on Tuesday afternoon for kidnapping her biological twins and crossing the border to Ottawa in December 2006, according to North Carolina media reports.
A federal court judge in Raleigh also ordered the 50-year-old to stay away from two-year-old Holly and Tyler and their adoptive parents without state court approval and a parole officer present. Quets was fined $15,000 and must also pay travel expenses to Kevin and Denise Needham, the reports said.
She must also surrender her U.S. passport.
Quets pleaded guilty on Sept. 14 to two counts of international parental kidnapping, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
She was released after eight months in jail and prosecutors pledged to recommend a penalty at the low end of federal sentencing guidelines.
On Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bowler accused Quets of harassing the Needhams with her continued efforts to regain custody, according to the News & Observer of Raleigh.
Her case gained notoriety once she drove north in her white minivan, arriving in Ontario on Dec. 23 and spending Christmas at a Kingston, Ont. bed-and-breakfast before renting a city townhouse.
Ottawa police arrested Quets on Dec. 29, and the twins were returned to the Needhams.
Federal authorities argued she planned the cross-border trip months in advance, which included obtaining passports for the children and contacting a Canadian immigration lawyer.
The complicated story began when Quets undertook a pregnancy by in-vitro fertilization at the age of 47, while living in Orlando, Fla.
Holly and Tyler were born in July 2005.
Quets has argued she was in medical distress and never intended to give up the babies one month later to a North Carolina couple, Kevin and Denise Needham.
She has fought to regain custody ever since.
Source: National Post