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Sandy Brooks' kidnapper goes free

Thursday, April 12, 2007 – The man arrested for kidnapping Garth Brooks' ex-wife, Sandy, was freed from an Oklahoma jail after serving about a year following a plea bargain agreement. Quintine Harper was released from the jail after reaching a deal with the district attorney's office on reduced charges.

On Tuesday, Harper pleaded no contest to an amended charge of felony kidnapping and two misdemeanor counts of pointing a firearm. Harper received a seven-year suspended sentence minus one year in the Rogers County Jail for kidnapping, and six months in jail for the two firearms charges, with credit given for the one year and six days he had already spent. Harper also must pay a $300 fine - $100 for each charge - plus court costs.

If the case had gone to a jury trial, Harper could have faced up to 70 years if convicted.

The case stems from the kidnapping of Brooks in April 2006 after an apparent romantic relationship ended. Harper drove Brooks several miles, although she said he never pointed his gun at her. Brooks said Harper told her to drive to a bank and withdraw $16,000 for bond money to keep him out of jail, but she refused to do so. Brooks later freed herself at a convenience store parking lot.

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