Jail term for ‘Gone Girl’ kid­nap­per

Saturday Star - - WORLD -

LOS ANGELES: A dis­barred lawyer has been sen­tenced to 40 years in prison for a high-pro­file 2015 Cal­i­for­nia kid­nap­ping that drew com­par­isons to the film Gone Girl, end­ing a bizarre ab­duc­tion saga po­lice first dis­missed as a hoax.

The movie starred Ben Af­fleck as a writer whose wife fakes her own ab­duc­tion.

Matthew Muller, 39, pleaded guilty in Septem­ber to kid­nap­ping Denise Huskins in Vallejo, Cal­i­for­nia, after break­ing into the home where she and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn were sleep­ing, then ty­ing up and drug­ging the cou­ple.

Muller re­leased Huskins after hold­ing her for two days and de­mand­ing a ran­som. She reap­peared un­harmed nearly 650km away in her home­town of Hunt­ing­ton Beach.

Po­lice dis­puted Quinn’s claim Huskins was ab­ducted, sug­gest­ing in­stead it was “an or­ches­trated event”. – Reuters

PIC­TURE: AP

Denise Huskins, left, and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn lis­ten as their at­tor­neys speak at a news con­fer­ence in Vallejo, Cal­i­for­nia.

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