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Man Sentenced To 40 Years In Montana State Prison For Threatening Foster Mother

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 A Manhattan man will spend the next 40 years behind bars for kidnapping his former foster mother.

In February, 26-year-old Charles Dustin Rickett was convicted of three felony charges, which included aggravated kidnapping, intimidation and escape.

In July 2012, Rickett blindfolded his former foster mother, restrained her with duck tape and a jump rope, and then threatened to burn the house down if she tried to escape. This happened just hours after Rickett walked away from the Bozeman pre-release center.

On Wednesday, Judge John Brown sentenced him to 40 years in the Montana State Prison for each count, but said that they could be served all together.

Prosecutors said they are pleased with Rickett's sentencing.

"This has been very dramatic for the victim," said Eric Kitzmiller, who is the Gallatin County Chief Deputy Attorney. "I think if she had her way, she would wish this never would of happened. She's a very sensitive individual and she feels betrayed by what has happened."

Kitzmiller said Rickett is eligible for parole after he serves a quarter of his sentence in this case, as well as time for previous charges from Park County in 2007.
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