In a blunt warning, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal defense attorney said his client has “no intentions to comply with probation,” after her request was denied by a judge yesterday which would have allowed Grazzini-Rucki to serve more time in jail instead of probation for her role in the disappearance of her daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki.
In July, Grazzini-Rucki was found guilty on six counts of deprivation of parental rights. The sisters ran from their home on April 19, 2013 during a custody and divorce proceeding involving their parents.
Stephen Grigsby, Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal defense was quoted by the Star Tribune yesterday saying that “[Grazzini-Rucki] has no intentions to comply with probation.”
Judge Karen Asphaug denied a request by Sandra Grazzini-Rucki to serve her full sentence in prison, which would have allowed Grazzini-Rucki to avoid being on probation for the next six years. Grazzini-Rucki made the request to execute her sentence within hours of her sentencing hearing on September 21, 2016.
Grazzini-Rucki remains in jail at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility in St. Paul until October 24, 2016.
The girls’ father, David Rucki was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing.
On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department. Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found and they live with him at the family’s home in Lakeville.
What will Grazzini-Rucki do when she is released from jail in 20 days?
The concern for the Rucki family, but also the general public, is what will Grazzini-Rucki do to violate the conditions of her parole after she is released from jail in 20 days?
According to the sentencing order signed by Judge Asphaug on September 21, 2016, Grazzini-Rucki must comply with certain conditions, which include:
- No contact with victims, David Rucki or Dr. Tammy Love.
- No Threatening or Assaultive Behavior, specifically no harassing behavior toward David Rucki or Dr. Tammy Love.
- Do not posses firearms, ammunition or explosives.
- Follow all State and Federal criminal laws.
- Cooperate with the search of your person, residence, vehicle, workplace, property, and things as directed by your probation officer.
- Give a DNA sample as directed
Starting in 2017, Grazzini-Rucki will begin serving 15 days in jail on November 18 – the anniversary of the day her daughters were found – for the next six years. Grazzini-Rucki must also serve 12 days of Sentencing of Service for the next six years.
Grazzini-Rucki will also pay $10,000 to the Minnesota Crime Victims Reparations Board. She must also pay two fines of $944, which represents the 944 days her daughters were missing.
Below is the full sentencing order for Grazzini-Rucki.
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