The bizarre case of “Clark Rockefeller,” nee Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, may soon come to a close, the Boston Globe reports. The conman, awaiting trial for kidnapping, fraud, and assault, has been offered a deal consisting of 5 years' jail time and 15 years' probation. He must decide by February 11. “We are fully prepared to bring him to trial,” a DA spokesman said.
The charges against Gerhartsreiter stem from the July kidnapping of his daughter while on a supervised visit in Boston. The German, who had been masquerading as a well-to-do American for decades, then absconded with his child to Baltimore, where he was arrested. When the case became public, his story began to unravel.