Enlarge / The Vallejo Police Department initially dismissed the kidnapping allegations as a hoax. (credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images News)
A California man who pleaded guilty last year to a strange and elaborate kidnapping operation in 2015 has now been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The defendant, Matthew Muller, was later caught as part of a separate burglary later that month but initially denied the kidnapping.
Local media reported Tuesday that the two victims are now engaged to be married—just days after speaking at Muller’s sentencing hearing—and that Muller could face fresh criminal charges brought by local prosecutors in Solano County.
In a statement issued last week, just after his sentencing hearing, federal prosecutors said that Muller, himself a disbarred attorney and former United States Marine, got what he deserved.
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