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Child abductor to be sentenced next week

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The sentencing hearing for a Winnipeg man who abducted his two children and then hid them in Mexico for four years is expected to resume in one week.

Kevin Maryk is in legal limbo after pleading guilty in one of the province’s most notorious missing persons cases. Crown and defence lawyers spent a full day making submissions last week, but adjourned the case after being unable to agree on certain factual points.

The Crown is now considering calling a further witness to testify when the case resumes July 14. If they don’t, provincial court Judge Ted Lismer may give his decision on that day.

The Crown is seeking a five-year prison sentence, which is half the maximum 10-year sentence allowed by law on the charge of abduction. Maryk is asking for 25 months of time served in custody and an immediate return to the community.

Dominic Maryk, now 13, and Abby Maryk, now 11, vanished while on a court-authorized visitation with their father in August 2008. They wouldn’t be located until May 2012 in Guadalajara.

The children were kept in what the Crown has called "deplorable" conditions which included having no access to schools, medical care or even friends.

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