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Woman to be sentenced Monday in kidnapping case

July 11th, 2011 9:14 am by Staff Report

NASHVILLE (AP) — An Alabama woman faces sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court in Nashville for kidnapping a 4-day-old boy while claiming to be an immigration agent.

Tammy Silas of Ardmore, Ala., has pleaded guilty to the 2009 kidnapping in a plea agreement calling for a 20-year sentence. U.S. District Court Judge Todd Campbell could still impose a harsher penalty.

According to the plea agreement, Silas targeted Maria Gurrola, a native Mexican, at a food assistance office and then went to her home. Silas then attacked the woman and took the baby, who was found unharmed three days later at Silas' home in Ardmore.

Prosecutors last week filed a motion asking for a 20-year sentence followed by five years of supervised probation.

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