Mother: Keep Convicted Kidnapper Behind Bars

Mother: Keep Convicted Kidnapper Behind Bars

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DRAPER, Utah (AP) -- The mother of a West Valley City girl kidnapped and sexually abused by a drunken neighbor in 1993 wants the state parole board to keep the man behind bars.

At a parole hearing yesterday, the woman said her daughter -- now 19 -- remembers what happened and is terrified by the possibility that Michael Wayne Yoder could be released.

Yoder, 49, is serving concurrent sentences of 15-years-to-life and nine-years-to-life for convictions of child kidnapping and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He snatched the girl from the neighborhood as she took out the trash and took her to his nearby apartment.

He says he was suffering an alcoholic blackout when he committed the crimes.

Board vice chairman Clark Harms says he's not sure if Yoder will ever be released. A vote of the full board is expected over the next six weeks.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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