Kidnapper’s accomplice gets year in jail.

April 11, 2017
Miller with his attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

Miller with his attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

Kidnapper’s accomplice gets year in jail.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor

LUDINGTON — The 50-year-old Fountain man who was the accomplice to a parental kidnapping last January was sentenced in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 11, to one year in jail for a conviction of conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment.

Jeffery Alan Miller, 50, of 3728 E Beyer Rd., Fountain, aided Mark Alan Saporita-Fargo, 47, when he fled with his 2-year-old daughter, Hailey Hunter-Rose Fargo, the night before Saporita-Fargo’s scheduled trial in 51st Circuit Court for CSC charges.

Saporita-Fargo and Miller triggered a statewide manhunt Jan. 24, 2017, when they tried to leave the state with Saporita-Fargo’s daughter. Miller drove Saporita-Fargo and his daughter in his black Ford Taurus about 200 miles to Hillsdale County.

They were found at Miller’s mother’s and grandmother’s home, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

Saporita-Fargo pleaded guilty last week to third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), which involved the sexual assault of a teenage victim in 2015, and conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment, stemming from the January 2017 kidnapping of Hailey. His plea deal calls for 18-40 years in prison.

“Mr. Fargo was the primary offender,” said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski, who also sentenced Miller to three years probation.

He received credit for 78 days served in jail.

Saporita-Fargo’s sentencing is set for May 30.

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