Man gets life for kidnapping stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years

Henri Michelle Piette kidnapped his victim in 1997 when she was 12 and subjected her to nearly 20 years of physical and sexual abuse before she escaped.

2/27/2020 1:01:00 PM

An Oklahoma man convicted of kidnapping his stepdaughter as a child and holding her in captivity for nearly 20 years has been sentenced to life in prison.

Henri Michelle Piette kidnapped his victim in 1997 when she was 12 and subjected her to nearly 20 years of physical and sexual abuse before she escaped.

McGinnis, now in her 30s, fled with eight of her nine children, in early 2016 after befriending a couple she met at a grocery store in Mexico.A judge on Feb. 20 sentenced Piette to life for the kidnapping conviction, and 30 years on the traveling with intent to engage in sexual acts with a juvenile conviction, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

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. It is a federal case, and the sentence is not eligible for parole.Piette's sentence also included a fine of $50,000 and $50,067 in restitution to his victim.Piette kidnapped the victim in 1997 from the Poteau, Oklahoma, home where she lived with her mother, prosecutors said. Her mother had been in a relationship with Piette.

Piette moved his victim and the children dozens of times within the United States and Mexico before she escaped, prosecutors said. Piette also used numerous aliases and forced his victim to do the same and change her appearance.June 14, 201903:08U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said in Tuesday's statement that life in prison is reserved for the most serious offenders — and that Piette certainly qualifies.

"For 20 years he inflicted extreme physical and emotional abuse on the victim and her children. For 20 years she feared for her and her children’s lives," Kuester said."The victim’s courage ended the defendant’s reign of terror. Unfortunately, the horrific memories may very well last a life time. It is fitting that the defendant’s sentence will also."

McGinnis has spoken publicly about the case, and she testified at the trial. Shetold NBC affiliate KSHB of Kansas Cityin an interview at the time he was convicted that “I'm just so happy that he is put away where he can't hurt anyone anymore.”

The station has reported that she and her family now live in the Kansas City area and are focused on moving on with their lives. Read more: NBC News »

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