Sandra Rucki was sentenced to 250 days in jail and six years probation after a jury convicted her in July 2016 of six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights. She was given 133 days credit for time served and will serve the rest of her jail sentence in 15-day increments for the next six years. She was immediately taken into custody to begin serving a 34-day jail sentence. She will serve another 15-day sentence starting on November 18, 2017. November 18 is the day her two daughters were found by law enforcement. She was ordered to pay a $944 fine, 944 is the number of days her children were missing.
Here are some quotes from the custodial father:
“It’s not about retribution,” … “It’s about being accountable … that’s all I’m looking for is accountability.”
“My words are lost on Sandy, and I have my doubts that she can even comprehend the pain and trauma she has inflicted on her children,”
“You are the reason I made it through this. You are the light at the end of every day. You are my strength, my joy, my life. I would do this again a hundred times if I had to because it would mean in the end I would have you, all five of you.”
Editor’s Note: WOW! We applaud the efforts of this Minnesota Criminal Court, the District Attorney, this father and his supporters. We like the sentence over a number of years since it allows the criminal justice system the ability to monitor the convicted defendant. In addition, many protective moms will do their time in jail then re-start the litigious process. This sentencing certainly sends a strong message to the protective parent community on the long-term impact of this crime.