Man gets 88 years for kidnap after wild California RV chase
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man who led police on a wild RV chase with his young children last year has been sentenced to more than 88 years in prison.
Stephen Merle Houk was convicted last month of kidnapping, child abuse, injuring a spouse and other charges.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says the 48-year-old was sentenced on Wednesday.
Houk was arrested in May 2018 after being on the run for two days. He escaped into a Bakersfield orchard after leading police on a 100-mile chase in his motor home that began in Hollywood.
Houk’s 10-month-old and 3-year-old children were inside the RV. They weren’t hurt.
Investigators said the incident began after Houk fought with his wife and threatened to kill her.