Cuyahoga County

Bobby Hernandez gets four-year prison sentence for kidnapping son


Cleveland – Bobby Hernandez, the Alabama man who pled guilty to kidnapping his young son in 2002 and bringing him to Cleveland where they lived under false identities for 13 years, has been sentenced to four years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced.

Mr. Hernandez entered a plea of guilty on March 14 to two counts of Kidnapping, 10 counts of Tampering with Evidence, two counts of Interference with Custody and one count of Forgery. All counts, except for the Forgery, are felonies.

This morning, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams sentenced Mr. Hernandez, 53, to spend four years in prison. “This was a horrible thing to do to a mother or another parent,” Judge Collier-Williams said from the bench.

“Justice has been achieved today,” Prosecutor McGinty said after the hearing. “We had a parent who had the audacity to kidnap his son, and by breaking the law, to exact vengeance on the boy’s mother.” Mr. Hernandez, Prosecutor McGinty said, “deserves every day of” the sentence that was imposed.

Mr. Hernandez and his former girlfriend were ending their relationship in August of 2002 when he and their son disappeared. Police reports at the time indicated that Mr. Hernandez had told the boy’s mother that if she ever broke up with him, she’d never see her son again.

Mr. Hernandez brought the boy to Cleveland where Mr. Hernandez created false identities for himself —he went by the name Jonathan Mangina — and his son.

Cleveland police arrested Mr. Hernandez on November 2, 2015, after the FBI received a tip that he and his missing son were living in Cleveland.

“We want this case to be a deterrent. We don’t want any copy cats,” Prosecutor McGinty said. “Mr. Hernandez thought he could out-wit, out-con everybody. Now he’s sitting in prison.”

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