Woman admits to lying to authorities in Sanders County international kidnapping case

A Texas woman admitted to federal charges accusing her of lying to FBI agents about the whereabouts of her son, who is facing international kidnapping charges after he allegedly absconded to Costa Rica with his 4-year-old son.

Candace K. Bright, 68, of Midland, Texas, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to false statements during a video court appearance from Midland, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen DeSoto presided.

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A sentencing date was set for May 31. Bright faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

On Aug. 19, 2021, federal court documents allege Bright’s son and co-defendant, Jacob I. Strong, of Sanders County, didn’t return his 4-year-old son to the child’s mother at the end of Strong’s visitation period.

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Deputies in Sanders County were unable to locate Strong or the child. Sanders County charged Strong on Aug. 31 with felony parental inference, which prompted the FBI to open an investigation into the case, the press release stated.

FBI agents interviewed Bright on Oct. 4, 2021. The agent told

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