Stepmom in Bahamas boat abduction gets 4 years

A Montana judge has rejected a more lenient plea deal and given a four-year prison sentence to the stepmother of three children taken to the Bahamas on a sailboat against custody orders.

Angela Bryant, 45, had pleaded guilty in May under a deal with prosecutors that called for her to get only six months prison.

But the Gallatin County Clerk of District Court said Monday that Judge Michael Salvagni instead imposed a four-year term. That matches the sentence given to the children's father, James Bryant, in July.

The children were supposed to be returned to their mother in Montana last September under a court-ordered custody plan. They were missing for more than seven months when authorities found them with the Bryants on a sailboat off the Florida coast.