Carlee Russell convicted of faking her own kidnapping, faces one year in prison

Written by on October 12, 2023

(New York Post) – Carlee Russell was found guilty Wednesday of faking her own kidnapping over the summer in a case that baffled the nation.

The 26-year-old nursing student was convicted of filing a false police report and falsely reporting seeing a baby crawling alongside an Alabama highway just minutes before she seemingly vanished.

Russell nervously wrung her hands behind her back as she entered a not-guilty plea for the crimes despite publicly admitting to the hoax weeks after rescuers launched search parties for both her and the imaginary child, reported.

A Hoover judge, however, recommended a one-year prison sentence and a restitution payment of $17,874, as well as two fines of $831 each.

Russell and her team are planning to appeal the verdict to the circuit court, with her attorney Emory Anthony telling reporters jail time is an inappropriate punishment for a Class A misdemeanor, especially considering it was Russell’s first offense.

Russell initially told cops she was abducted by a white man with orange hair — a lie that quickly fell apart when cops revealed that she had googled the kidnap-themed action film “Taken” and the AMBER Alert system in the days before.

Through her attorneys, she eventually admitted to fabricating the entire story.

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