A supporter embraces Kenneth Miller as he leaves federal court in Burlington, Vt. (Associated Press/Photo by Toby Talbot)
Kenneth Miller, a Mennonite pastor who helped a still-missing woman flee the United States with her daughter in order to escape a custody battle with the woman's former lesbian partner, was sentenced to 27 months in prison Monday. But Miller, along with supporters, rejoiced after finding out he is free to return home to Virginia as he awaits an appeal, which could take several years.
"I am grateful for the mercy of God," Miller said as he left federal court in Burlington, Vt., to join a group of about 100 supporters. "Our God, He is alive."
During the two-hour sentencing hearing, Miller told U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions III he could not promise he would not aid once again in "international parental kidnapping" if it were in the best interest of the child.
Last summer, a jury found Miller guilty of helping former lesbian Lisa Miller (no relation) and her now-10-year-old daughter, Isabella, make the trek from Virginia to the Canadian border, and then on to Nicaragua via plane.
The mother-daughter pair is still believed to be in hiding in Central America.
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SOURCE: WORLD Magazine