Sandra Grazzini-Rucki released from prison today after serving 240 days

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was released today from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, after serving a total of 240 days for her 2016 conviction on six counts of deprivation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of her daughters.

Grazzini-Rucki served the final 14 days of her sentence of in Shakopee, but she served the bulk of her sentence at the Ramsey County Jail while awaiting her criminal trial.

According to Stearns County Community Corrections, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki will be living at an address in Stearns County while she is on supervised probation. Her scheduled end date of probation is September 13, 2018, and Grazzini-Rucki will be prohibited from leaving Minnesota to live at her home in Clearwater, Florida.

But in a jailhouse video from April 5, 2018,  Grazzini-Rucki brazenly declared that if she is ordered to stay in Minnesota, she will leave. “It wouldn’t matter anyway; I’d fucking leave anyway,” said Grazzini-Rucki. [WARNING: Video contains strong language.]

Grazzini-Rucki has no known relatives that live in Stearns County, but a small number of her remaining supporters live in the area.

Missing for 944 days

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The Dahlen’s ranch in Herman, Minnesota. Picture source: Missing in Minnesota

On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a Dahlen’s ranch by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department. In total, Samantha and Gianna were held at the White Horse Ranch for 942 days.

The sisters were taken by their mother near their home in Lakeville, Minnesota, in violation of a court order.

David Rucki was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing. David Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found on a rural ranch in northern Minnesota. They live with him and their other siblings at the family’s home in Lakeville.

The Dakota County Attorney’s Office charged four adults, including Grazzini-Rucki, for their involvement in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters for 944 days.

Dede Evavold, a friend of Grazzini-Rucki,  was found guilty in September on six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights related to the disappearance of the girls.

Doug and Gina Dahlen to pleaded guilty in January 2017, which ensured that Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathy Kenna successfully prosecuted all of the people criminally charged related to the disappearance of the Rucki sisters.

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, the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department.

The Rucki sisters were missing for a total of 944 days and were reunited with their father days after they were found. They continue to live with their father and other siblings at the family’s home in Lakeville.

Allison Mann contributed to this story.

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