Grazzini-Rucki sentenced to jail, probation

Published September 21, 2016 at 10:49 am

Dave Rucki shares victim impact statement in court

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was sentenced to 250 days in jail and six years probation after a jury convicted her in July of six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights.A Lakeville mother who hid her two teen daughters for more than two and a half years during a custody battle was sentenced in Dakota County court today.

Grazzini-Rucki, who was given credit for the 133 days she has already spent in jail, will serve the rest of her jail sentence in 15-day increments for the next six years, reporting to jail on Nov. 18 – the day her two daughters were found by law enforcement – starting in 2017.

She was ordered to pay two $944 fines – the dollar amount is the number of days the two girls were missing.

Grazzini-Rucki will participate in the sentence-to-serve program for 12 days each year for the next six. If she fails to show up for any of the days, those days will be added to her jail time.

Grazzini-Rucki was smiling as she was arrested in court at the end of sentencing hearing and was ordered immediately to serve a 34-day jail sentence.

The children’s father David Rucki said he felt the jail time was appropriate.

“It’s not about retribution,” Rucki said. “It’s about being accountable … that’s all I’m looking for is accountability.”

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  1. The rigged trial of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki involved a rigged sentencing. The sentencing began with Judge Karen Asphaug instructing David Rucki to read his victim impact statement, at the start of the hearing. When Judge Asphaug got to the actual sentencing, her remarks were written down and included several detailed, and lengthy references to remarks and statements included in Rucki’s victim impact statement. It was very obvious that Judge Asphaug had decided what the sentence would be BEFORE she even entered court this morning.

    Media reports say Sandra was smiling at sentencing. That is not true. When Sandra was handcuffed, the bailiff smiled at her, and was very friendly – he made some sort of private comment to her. The reaction being reported did NOT result from sentencing, whatever it was – it happened because the bailiff interacted with Sandra. I got the impression he was familiar with her??

    Also – after sentencing, Sandra was taken into custody. But Sandra had previously prepared her own written comments to be read by her attorney. Michelle MacDonald read those comments outside the courthouse, with media recording. Sandra’s comments expressed her love for her children, and stated (in a nut shell, paraphrase) that her children reported abuse to the judge, GAL, therapists, CPS, police etc and no one would protect them. All abuse allegations were dismissed. Sandra said her actions were taken to protect her children. She did what any other mother in her situation would do. Sandra also said during trial 80% of the evidence she had proving abuse was not allowed in by Judge Asphaug.

    Michelle MacDonald was asked by a reporter something to the effect of… Why didn’t Sandra keep fighting for her kids. MacDonald responded by indicating Sandra did keep fighting – legally, and through the available methods in the court system, but her efforts were continually shut down and denied by Judge David L Knutson. This is an important point – Sandra did not abandon her children. In fact she made every effort she could, with the legal remedies available, to protect her children from harm. MacDonald said that if the court has responded appropriately, this tragedy could be avoided – we would not be where we are today.

    Thank you for your courageous efforts in reporting about the #grazzinirucki case – and for exposing the truth! Please keep reporting, and speaking out… there is so much more to this case.


  2. THIS IS WRONG: I have not seen enough facts that lead me to conclude Sandra Grazzini is guilty of this crime. The girls even though they are by law consider underage–they by law if and only if they seriously hurt someone they face by law being charged as ADULTS–Then there is the voting age. Height, weight, age, abuses, mind-set bespeaks of the girls as making their own choice to run and hide. I do not blame the girls for making the choices they did. I blame Mr. Rucki; he is clearly a sociopathic narcissistic (Characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance. For example: “This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or narcissistic personality disorder” synonymous with egotistic, egotistical, self-loving or self absorption vs self reflection.) The UNIVERSALPARADOX–Given the choices made as individuals, the outcomes are from those choices be they good or bad. RECENT EXAMPLE; CROSSROAD, SEARS STORE WHERE YOUNG ADULT ENTERED INTO THE STORE HEADING TOWARDS THE MALL. HE MADE THE CHOICE TO USE A KNIFE TO STAB NINE PEOPLE–OFF DUTY OFFICER SHOT HIM THREE TIMES, THE FIRST TWO INTENDED TO STOP THE KNIFE WIELDING MAN AND THE SHOT MAN CHOSE TO ATTACK THE OFF DUTY OFFICER AGAIN…THE OUTCOME WAS DEATH FOR THE KNIFE WIELDING MAN. I do not know why this happened, however, this is closer to “Instant set of events” that lead to the death of the knife wielding man who by law was a serious threat to the people in the Crossroads mall and the off duty officer. BACK TO OUTCOME FOR SANDRA GRAZZINI. Did they hold this hearing in the same district court as previous? Did Judge Knutson rule on this case? I am not trying to put the girls on the spot; however, I know by MN law the youngest person to be convicted and sent to prison for life without parole was fourteen years of age. This is the reasoning> when children become teens; i.e. 13-16 they have “free-will” even though it is dictated by laws< what needed to happen for the sake of the kids is that both parents even though they are divorced needed to have mediation or advocates that are neutral. I know what it is like to have a divorce that lasted 35 years and the only reason why I know this is my three sons now adults have voice this to me and they are still the VICTIMS OF THE OUTCOME. I am not saying they act like victims; but to this day they are not married and no children. They are all Type A personalities and achievers with businesses, fast cars, deep sea diving, playing with the sharks in the ocean. YES, they have many female friends, however, their relationships are short lived and it is not because they are NEGATIVE PERSONALITIES. I am actually appalled that this type of thing is going on in our state, county, city, towns and villages. IS THIS REALLY HELPING OUR CHILDREN INCLUDING THE CHILDREN OF THE RUCKI'S? Thomas Jefferson once said " A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature and not as the gift of their chief magistrate." Abraham Lincoln once said "We do not have the right to do wrong." Alexander Hamilton once said "I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man." Benjamin Franklin once said, "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." John F. Kennedy stated "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Reigning Christ Jesus stated, "Let the one among you who is with sin be the first to cast a stone."


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