A stepmother got four years jail after taking her stepchildren to the Bahamas on a ship.
A Montana judge rejected a plea deal and instead issued a harsh four year prison sentence for the stepmother of three children, who took the kids to the Bahamas on a sailboat, ignoring a custody order.
Angela Bryant, 45, pleaded guilty in May under an agreement with prosecutors that called for her to get only six months in prison for a single count of interference of parental accountability.
Prosecutors said that she helped take the children on the boat to the Bahamas and was later arrested in Hawaii.
Judge Michael Salvagni imposed a term of four years to be served in the Montana Women's Prison, according to the clerk of the District Court of Gallatin County. That matches the sentence given to the children's father, James Bryant, in July.
Children should have been returned to their mother in Montana, last September, in a parenting plan ordered by the court. They had been gone more than seven months when the authorities found their father on a sailboat off the coast of Florida.
Authorities said the children, a girl aged 15 and two boys, 12 and 13, had been in the Bahamas before this latest incident, and they were found when trying to return to the island's waters. Police also found a dog, cat, a lizard and a snake, on board the yacht.