Urbana woman gets 26 months for parental kidnapping

Urbana woman gets 26 months for parental kidnapping

URBANA — An Urbana woman has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for international parental kidnapping.

Sarah M. Nixon, 48, was convicted in December when a federal jury found her guilty of taking her minor child from the United States to Canada in July 2015.

A Department of Justice release said after it became clear to Nixon that she would lose custody of her 6-year-old daughter, she fled with her in the middle of the night. After a child-abduction alert was issued, they were eventually found in a farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada, and the child was returned to the father, University of Illinois Professor George Gasyna.

Nixon was arrested in New York in September 2015 as she attempted to return to the U.S.

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