A disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney faces decades in prison for a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.
Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year sentence today for Matthew Muller. He pleaded guilty in September to holding a woman for ransom in a case that investigators once erroneously likened to the movie, "Gone Girl."
They realized that Denise Huskins was telling the truth about her March 2015 abduction only after Muller was implicated in a different crime.Muller could face life in prison, but prosecutors agreed to recommend 40 years in exchange for his guilty plea.
Defense attorney Thomas Johnson wants a 30-year sentence, saying says his 39-year-old client has been diagnosed as manic and depressive and can be rehabilitated with proper treatment.