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Father sentenced for abducting kids

on June 09, 2013 2:20 AM

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay area father has been sentenced to three years in jail for abducting his two young children and taking them away on a stolen yacht.

Christopher Maffei, 43, was sentenced Friday in San Mateo County Superior Court, where he was also ordered to do 16 months of supervision and stay away from his kids until his sentence is served.

With good behavior, Maffei will only spend about nine more months behind bars because of jail time he has served since his arrest, San Mateo County prosecutors said.

Authorities say Maffei took his 2-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter from their San Francisco home in September and packed them on a 41-foot yacht stolen from an Alameda marina.

Officials say Maffei and the children spent three days on the water before the vessel ran out of gas off the Monterey County shore, where he surrendered to authorities. They kids were not hurt.

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