Rathdrum kidnapper gets life sentence

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 6:20 PM

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- A 58-year-old homeless man who kidnapped a Rathdrum woman in northern Idaho has been sentenced to life in prison.

Other news outlets reported that Mitchell Lee Walck received the sentence Tuesday in 1st District Court and must serve 20 years before being eligible for parole.

MORE: Sheriff says fugitive fired at ISP officer, kidnapped woman to get away 

Walck in February pleaded guilty to robbery, second-degree kidnapping and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

In late 2012 Walck shot at Idaho police and eluded them during a car chase. He kidnapped a northern Idaho woman, using her vehicle, and traveled to Montana, where he released her unharmed.

WATCH: Woman kidnapped by Rathdrum fugitive returning home from Montana

He was taken into custody in North Dakota after pulling a gun on a trucker and being found hiding in a tractor-trailer.

He received a 10-year sentence for his crimes in North Dakota.

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