HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A Kansas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison
for forcibly taking his adult daughter from Missouri to his property in
Michigan because he was upset she was dating an older man.
of Elwood, Kan., was convicted of kidnapping and obstruction of justice in
U.S. District Court in Hammond in July. The Times of Munster reports
Jonassen described himself as a “sovereign citizen,” who doesn’t recognize
government authority. He represented himself at trial.
arrested in September 2011 after his naked daughter escaped from a hotel in
Portage, 10 miles east of Gary, and ran to a nearby liquor store to beg for
Attorney Jill Koster says the obstruction charge stemmed from Jonassen’s
attempts to persuade his daughter to not testify.