BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — It has been a long day coming for a Longmont mother who endured the kidnapping of her son twice.
Tuesday, a judge made one of two men who committed the crime, pay the price.
A judge sentenced Ronald Turner, 73, to 27 years behind bars.
The mom, Brandy Turner, walked out of court with a smile that said it all about her reaction to the justice delivered for the kidnapping of her then 3-year-old son, Luke.
“I’m safe from him for the time being,” she says.
He is her son’s grandfather, Ronald Turner, sentenced to nearly three decades for his role in helping his son, Monty, kidnap little Luke.
“He’s probably scared to death,” said Turner, in May of last year, when her son was kidnapped.
Police say Monty shocked her with a Taser, sprayed Mace in her face and took off with their son.
“He’s been yanked back and forth so much. He witnessed his dad attacking me. I was screaming and fighting,” says Brandy.
The next day police found the child and his father in Manitoba, Canada.
The grandfather was arrested in Missouri.
“He was as happy to see me as I was to see him. It was great,” says Brandy when police recovered her son two days later.
The two spoke at a press conference at DIA.
“’Mommy, am I going home?’” an elated Brandy said her son asked when he saw her.
It was the second time Luke’s dad had allegedly kidnapped him.
He was accused of kidnapping the boy for nine months, hiding out at a relative’s home in Akron, Colo.
“I came with the desire not to be vindictive just to get a measure of safety and be able to live a life in peace,” Brandy said Tuesday.
But Brandy says the judge said it all with a 27-year sentence.
While Ron Turner said very little and offered no apology.
In court, he said: “I’m not going to interfere with anybody’s home life any more that would get me in trouble with the law.”
“I don’t think he has any remorse. He has no prior documented history. But there is history there and this is par for the course for him,” says Brandy.
We learned Tuesday Brandy and her family have moved to an undisclosed location for their safety.
Monty Turner goes on trial November 3.
He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.